By Joseph Spector
Albany Bureau Chief
ALBANY The 95th PGA Championship in August had a $102 million economic impact on the Rochester region, a report Thursday said.
The report by the Greater Rochester Enterprise found that higher-than-expected attendance led to a surge in jobs and spending during the four-day tournament at Oak Hill Country Club. The findings were released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.
The study said that the tournament established 1,800 jobs, exceeding an initial estimate of about 1,120 jobs.
"Rochester was put on an international stage with the 95th PGA Championship, which attracted golf fans from around the world and resulted in a tremendous economic boost for the region from tourism spending to jobs," Cuomo said in a statement.
The report said that about 225,000 spectators attended the golf tournament, which draws the best players from around the world and is one of the four majors each year.
Of those, 70,000 people were visiting from at least 100 miles away from Rochester, resulting in 5,000 hotel room reservations.
Cuomo has touted the tournament as a way to draw more tourists to upstate, and the event had a Taste NY booth to highlight New York products. Last month, Cuomo announced that the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup are headed for Nassau County's Bethpage State Park.
The report estimated that the Rochester event resulted in an $11 million increase in state and local tax revenue.
"The 2013 PGA Championship proved to be another wonderful chapter in major championship golf for the entire region," Ryan Cannon, PGA championship director, said in a statement from Cuomo's office.