Ohen Tulsa hosts a weekend of NCAA Tournament basketball games, the result is an economic impact of approximately $15 million.

The Chili Bowl races have never been celebrated enough as an annual boon to Tulsa’s economy. The week-long Chili Bowl typically generates $30 million for local hotels, restaurants and pubs.

Chili Bowl founder Emmett Hahn is a Tulsa hero for saying no to huge offers to move his event to bigger markets.

While March Madness basketball and the Chili Bowl are high-profile and lucrative events for Tulsa, major championship golf is on an entirely different level of revenue generation.

For the eighth time since 1958, the Southern Hills Country Club will soon be the site of a major professional golf championship – the PGA Championship, scheduled for May 19-22.

When the 2001 US Open was played in Tulsa, there was a $65 million impact on Tulsa’s economy.

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When Tiger Woods won the 2007 PGA Championship in Southern Hills, there was a $70 million impact.






Phil Mickelson celebrates after winning the final of the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course on May 23 in Kiawah Island, SC


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Fifteen years later, the PGA Championship is a bigger production in every way. Almost every inch of the 320-acre Southern Hills property will be used in some way. For each round of the championship (from Thursday to Sunday), a crowd of 45,000 people is expected.

A show of this magnitude becomes even more prestigious when the hugely popular Phil Mickelson enters as the defending champion. The PGA Championship field still includes a greater percentage of the world’s top 100 players than any of the other major championships: the Masters, US Open and British Open.

Tulsa Regional Tourism estimates the 2022 PGA Championship will inject $143.5 million into the city’s economy. Since the 2007 PGA Championship, Tulsa’s monetary component has more than doubled.

What an incredibly timely blessing for Tulsa’s hotels and restaurants still trying to recover from the 2020 COVID-19 shutdown.







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“We have received tremendous support from the business community. I think that was important in the decision-making (of the PGA of America),” Southern Hills Country Club general manager Nick Sidorakis said.


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After so many sobering surprises in 2020, Tulsa is about to get an incredible $143.5 million surprise. Southern Hills had not been scheduled for another PGA Championship until 2030. The 2022 PGA Championship had been awarded to a property owned by Donald Trump in New Jersey.

On January 6, 2021, supporters of former President Trump stormed into the US Capitol. Fearing that the 2022 PGA Championship will focus as much on Trump politics as golf, the PGA of America has decided to remove the tournament from the Trump club.

The PGA of America looked at replacement options coast-to-coast, but Tulsa appeared to have an immediate advantage as PGA of America staff were already in Southern Hills, preparing the course and club for the senior tournament. .

Two weeks after the Capitol debacle, the PGA of America announced that Tulsa would be the host city for 2022. Instead of waiting nearly a decade for another major championship, Tulsa would just have to wait a few more months. .

“We thought we had a good chance, but, of course, it’s not our decision,” Southern Hills general manager Nick Sidorakis said. “We did everything we could to make it difficult for the PGA not to select us.







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For the first time, a PGA Championship hosted by Southern Hills is taking place in the month of May, rather than during the scorching temperatures of August.


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“We have received tremendous support from the business community. I think it was important in the decision making (of the PGA of America). »

The response to the Tulsa 2022 ticket campaign has been beyond what the PGA of America has seen for other recent PGA Championships. Before Christmas, all Southern Hills hospitality venues had been sold out and all Friday, Saturday and Sunday tickets were gone.

For the first time, a PGA championship organized by Southern Hills takes place in May. Each of Tulsa’s four previous PGA Championships have been held in August, and the 2007 tournament – with afternoon temperatures of 101, 99, 99 and 102 degrees – was the hottest major championship ever. .







August 12, 2007: Tiger Woods wins the PGA at Southern Hills

Tiger Woods shot a final round 69 on a steamy Sunday in 2007 at Southern Hills Country Club to win the PGA Championship.


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While the PGA Championship moved to May in 2018, the 2020 Championship was played in August due to the coronavirus effect on the PGA Tour schedule. When the Senior PGA Championship was played here in the last week of May 2021, the conditions were unusually and beautifully cool.

“It’s better to be 80 degrees than 105 degrees,” Sidorakis said. “More comfortable, of course, and easier to walk the golf course in this type of weather.”

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“We thought we had a good chance, but, of course, it’s not our decision,” Southern Hills general manager Nick Sidorakis said. “We did everything we could to make it difficult for the PGA not to select us.

“We have received tremendous support from the business community. I think it was important in the decision making (of the PGA of America). »

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