Pro golfers like Bubba Watson attracted nearly 45,000 visitors per day to Medinah Country Club in September during the 2012 Ryder Cup. Now towns surrounding the site are weighing whether the extra crowds were a boon or bust.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Towns like Bloomingdale spent extra time marketing the Ryder Cup in September. Now some are seeing a direct financial boost from the golf tournament.
Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer
Two charities are poised to gain thousands of dollars this week from a Ryder Cup memorabilia auction, roughly four months after the 2012 tournament ended. This piece, painted by the late LeRoy Neiman, had a bid of nearly $16,000 Monday.
Courtesy of Ronald McDonald House Charities
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Several DuPage County communities are still calculating the benefits from the Ryder Cup — both in terms of money and image — even though golf's most prestigious tournament left Medinah Country Club nearly four months ago. The event also continues to pay dividends for charities such as Ronald McDonald House of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana that are poised to receive thousands of dollars more this week from a tournament-related online auction.