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Governor Hochul Welcomes the 2023 PGA Championship to Rochester

2023 Tournament Marks Fourth PGA Championship in New York's Finger Lakes Region

World-Renowned Sporting Event Expected to Draw More Than 225,000 Spectators, Bring Major Economic Boost to the Finger Lakes Region

New York State Tasting Yard Presented by Taste NY and I LOVE NY Will Showcase Locally Made Products and Tourism Offerings All Week

Governor Kathy Hochul today welcomed golfers and visitors to the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, with the tournament starting Thursday, May 18th. The week-long event is expected to generate an estimated economic impact of $190 million in direct, indirect and induced spending, with more than 225,000 spectators expected to attend. This will bring a dramatic economic ripple effect, as visitors will eat and stay in the region, support local businesses and explore all that the Finger Lakes has to offer. The event marks the fourth time that Oak Hill has played host to the PGA Championship; the tournament was last held there in 2013.

"The PGA Championship is one of our nation's premier sporting events, celebrating the most talented, most competitive golfers in the world, and we are thrilled to continue its long history in New York State with this year's tournament," Governor Hochul said. “With world-renowned athletes and more than 225,000 spectators expected to attend, this event will not only put Rochester on a global stage - it will also provide an economic boost to the entire Finger Lakes region. I am proud to welcome golf enthusiasts from around the world to experience New York's breathtaking natural beauty and vibrant local businesses and encourage them to stop by our Taste NY and I LOVE NY kiosks to learn more about everything that our state has to offer."

Additionally, New York State's partnership with PGA of America will continue in 2025 with the 45th Ryder Cup set to be held at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale.

PGA of America Championship Director Bryan Karns said, "We are thrilled to continue the incredible legacy of PGA of America Championships contested in New York. We are connected through the past in 1916 with the founding of the PGA in New York City, the present as we host our 13th PGA Championship in the Empire State this week, and the future with Long Island hosting the largest event in all of golf, the Ryder Cup. New York State has set the standard for hosting Major Championship golf and this week will be no different as we showcase Western N.Y. to the entire world."

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, "New York State is incredibly proud to welcome the PGA, its members, and the many thousands of visitors to this weeklong event at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester. By supporting world-renowned events like this, we are provided with the great opportunity to showcase the beautiful Finger Lakes region to a global audience, sharing the many businesses, attractions, and craft food and beverage offerings that make the region unique."

Read the full press release here.