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The culmination of the professional golfing season is coming. Officials from the PGA were in Western New York on Thursday to meet with media, three and a half months before this summer's PGA Championship. YNN's Don Heins was part of the excitement at Oak Hill.

It may be 15 weeks away, but the PGA Championship took center stage at Oak Hill on Thursday, as excitement fills the air.

"The city of Rochester, the members of Oak Hill, they're veterans when it comes to staging major events. That's what this club does best. They stage major championship events better than just about anybody else on the planet," said Julius Mason, PGA senior director of communications.

"You have the best players in the world, playing on a very challenging, demanding, but exciting golf course. We hope it's going to be a spectacular championship," said Kerry Haigh, PGA chief championship officer.

On Thursday, August 8, these grounds will be full of the best golfers in the world. PGA officials call it the strongest field, and deepest international field, of any major event.

Invited are the top 70 PGA Championship points leaders, all Ryder Cup participants, the last five winners of every major championship, and all living PGA Championship winners.

"Last year, we had 99 of the top 100 players in the world competing at Kiawah. We firmly hope, or expect, it will be a similar number this year," said Haigh.

The 18th green is where Shaun Micheel stood in 2003 and this year's champion will stand to hoist the Wannamaker Trophy, which is noted by PGA officials to be the largest and heaviest of any major championship trophy. Perhaps it's fitting, going to the winner of a field they boast to be the strongest.

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