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Visitor spending could hit $105 million for US Opens in Pinehurst

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RALEIGH, N.C. - All eyes will be on North Carolina when the U.S. Open begins in Pinehurst next week.

Thursday morning, the Joint Commerce Committee held a presentation to discuss the economic impact of golf in the Tar Heel state.  Officials said the tournament's impact on the state financially will be significant. After working with crews at the Stanford Research Institute, it's estimated that visitor spending will be around $105 million and the state will bring in around $169 million total.

"There will be 400,000 people here over the two weeks," said Caleb Miles, president of Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We haven't had anyone tell us there's a larger event than this so we think it's the largest event that has taken place for a professional sporting event."

The men's Open begins next Thursday and the women's Open begins the week after that.

Miles said the final totals from the tournament should come in when it's over.

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