Local businesses said the Connecticut's largest sporting event makes a difference on their bottom lines.
Hundreds of thousands of people from all across the country are headed to the state for the Travelers Championship at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.
"I would say aside from Wesleyan Graduation, and Wesleyan is two blocks away, it's probably one of our busiest weeks of the entire year," said Gary Nagler, who is the general manager at Inn at Middletown.
The management at the Inn at Middletown runs a Travelers week special and their rooms are completely booked.
Nagler said this golf tournament is not only good for them, but means a lot of money for other local business such as stores and restaurants in the area.
"It really helps the downtown area, it's a win for everybody," Nagler said.
When people come to Cromwell to watch the PGA tour event, many of them stay in nearby towns nearby.
"I'm looking forward to giving my two favorite golfers good luck bag tags," said spectator James Ballato.
There is everyone from aspiring golf pros to those, who never miss a tournament, in attendance at the Travelers Championship.
"I've been coming for years, at the different venues they've had them," said Frank Pentino of Waterbury "When it was the greater Hartford Open, I used to come."
Some local business owners told Eyewitness News they have come to depend on this tournament each year.
"It really is something I have to say in my opinion has grown throughout the years," Nagler said.
The tournament begins on Thursday and will run through Sunday
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