The Players golf tournament boosts local economy

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The PGA Tour's top championship, The Players, gives local businesses a boost in revenue every May.

Studies found the average golf fan will spend about $123 each day at the tournament, and nearby businesses could see combined revenue in the millions.

Linsey Durkalski, manager at Al's Pizza said they're bringing in additional staff, expecting more tourists and locals to show up.

"Our regulars do fill up the restaurant, but we have a lot of out-of-towners, tourists, every now and then we get a famous face in here."

Giovanni Recupito, owner of Cafe Andiamo, said that when pro golfers come in, it gets interesting.

"K.J. Choi and Jim Furyk have been here before. Maybe this year we'll see a few more golfers," Recupito said.

The 2013 Players runs Thursday through Sunday, although the players arrive and events begin earlier in the week. Due to last week's heavy rain, tournament officials closed Monday practice rounds to the public. Public access will begin on Tuesday.

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