Under his leadership, the Washington, D.C., tourney begins this week with another strong field, featuring multiple top-10 men’s players and American star Sloane Stephens.
Gauff is currently ranked No. 141 in the world, which "makes her eligible for the Open qualifiers without needing a wildcard."
Attendance expectations for this week exceed those from last year and could rival crowds seen at St Andrews in '00.
The Open Championship will "draw a crowd that -- in total over the course of the week -- is estimated at 215,000."
Organizers want to shut down part of the Strip for Draft Town, an interactive area featuring exhibits, autographs and live music.