Kerry Haigh Q&A: The PGA of America’s setup man on setting up Oak Hill for the 105th PGA Championship

Kerry Haigh has been at the forefront of every PGA Championship since 1989 at Kemper Lakes outside of Chicago.

As chief championships officer for the PGA of America, Haigh will make sure every blade of grass at Oak Hill meets his exacting standards for the 105th PGA Championship.

Haigh, a native of England and a scratch golfer before turning his attention to golf administration as a career, is a straight shooter with perhaps one exception: he won’t reveal the speed of the greens at the PGA Championship beyond stating they are “championship speed.”

But, nevertheless, his tireless efforts to make sure a winner is declared on Sunday despite unscheduled weather interruptions that routinely pop up, have earned him a reputation as peerless at what he does.

Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y., should serve up a splendid setting for a major yet again, and as Haigh told Golfweek, “As long as the weather is halfway reasonable it can be our greatest championship yet.”

Here are six things Haigh shared with the media ahead of the 2023 PGA Championship.