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Reg Jones

The managing director of U.S. Opens will make sure Torrey Pines is ready for action.

By Eli Miller

For Reg Jones, what began as an internship at Pinehurst sprouted into an amazing opportunity for the United States Golf Association. He worked the 1994 U.S. Senior Open, 1996 U.S. Women's Open, and 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens at the famous North Carolina resort, and through his relationship with the USGA he joined it in 2006 to become the managing director of U.S. Opens. Jones will be working his fifth men's national championship next month at Torrey Pines.

In a lot of ways, Torrey Pines sets up very well for us operationally. We have to make sure we have the space available to accommodate the right number of grandstands and that there's room from a gallery flow standpoint, and Torrey sets up very well for that. Transportation and parking, no matter where we go, is one of our biggest challenges. We've worked hand-in-hand with the city of San Diego and our traffic experts to come up with a good plan.

What will be different about operations for this U.S. Open compared to others? The week of the championship, our player operations will be run out of two tents that we'll create for the locker room and hospitality area. But we've done that before - at Pebble Beach in 2000. It's a little bit of a wrinkle for us, but nothing that we haven't seen before.

As far as my position goes, my favorite part about the U.S. Open is the amount of support we get locally. It may sound like a cliché, but people really do embrace the Open. We've been very lucky that the people we've worked with in San Diego have been great.

From a fan standpoint, my favorite part is the crowd. When you see a U.S. Open crowd, it's a different kind of electricity. Especially on Sunday, as you get down to the final groups. It's the most important championship in golf.