The Honda Classic: By the numbers

Posted at 8:31 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2018-12-10 09:41:57-05

If you want an unofficial theme for the Honda Classic, Ask Michiganders Tim and Barbara Auseon, who are attending this week's tournament.

"Oh hallelujah, we're not in Michigan," Barbara says.

The Honda Classic this week showing that Palm Beach County is the place to be - and the numbers prove it:

10 - the number of years the event has been at PGA National - and it's grown in size every year.

2014 saw a record with 193,000 spectators.

And even with a rain storm, last year the Classic brought out 163,000 people.

With all those spectators comes a huge economic impact.

$45 million - that's the amount the tournament is expected to pump into our local economy.

A boost for local businesses, who tell us this is the week they circle on their calendar. 

250 - the number of countries the tournament is broadcast in.

The beauty of the Palm Beaches being shown across the world, with organizers hoping the exposure leads to visits.

But maybe the most important number of them all - $2.5 million.

That's the amount of money pumped into local charities last year.

All of that money impacting 15,000 children in our area.

"The buzz has been in the air in the community," says Ken Kennerly, executive director of the Classic. "We're ready to go, we're going to have a great, great week."