CHARLESTON, W.Va. - This year's Greenbrier Classic has the potential to be the biggest in the tournament's four-year history.
While last year's featured the world's most prominent golfer, Tiger Woods, the event itself was overcast by the devastating derecho that swept through the state the Friday before tournament week began.
Should the weather cooperate this year, the state's economy could reap millions from the event.
After the inaugural event in 2010, Greenbrier officials enlisted GSP Consulting Corp. to evaluate the tournament's economic impact.
The company gauged the impact on the state and the national economy.
The group evaluated tournament spending, direct and indirect employment and tax revenue.
Analysts found the tournament had a total economic impact of $111 million nationally. The total impact for the state was $42 million.
The event, and firms providing services for it, employed 1,009 people.
That first Greenbrier Classic had a total of 178,500 visitors during the seven-day event. Spectators traveled from 34 states, with the majority from Virginia and West Virginia.
Attendees spent about $21 million locally on the tournament, including $5.4 million on lodging, $4.8 million on shopping, $4.2 million on food, $2.7 million on tickets and $2.5 million on transportation.