Ryder Cup Brings in Big Bucks

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Visitors to last month's Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills Country Club pumped an estimated $77 million in direct spending into the local economy, according to a report commissioned by the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The estimate was based on out-of-the-area visitors, their party size, and projected individual spending from a survey of nearly 600 Ryder Cup attendees, the bureau announced Thursday.

When money is included from additional business taxes and property-related income, such as corporate and rental income, the report said the Ryder Cup had a $114 million gross economic impact.

Of an estimated 40,000 visitors per day, 55 percent were from outside the area, the report said, and the average group spent between $290 and $410 per day, not including hotels, tickets or airfare.

Europe took a one-sided victory over the United States in the 35th Ryder Cup matches in Oakland County's Bloomfield Township last month.