Jason Dufner keeps hit going with a par at 6.
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ATLANTA -- Add another notch to Atlanta's reputation for hosting big time sports.
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The world's top golfers are arriving at the East Lake Golf Club for the "Tour Championship" and a chance to take home millions of dollars.
But they won't be the only winners.
Hosting the 30 top players at East Lake adds up to a $18 million paycheck for the community and about $40 million for the metro area. And the biggest winner in this financial jackpot is the East Lake Golf Club, itself.
The community is being transformed with newly built schools and a YMCA community center, both funded in great measure by donated PGA dollars.
"We know as a result of the Tournament being at East Lake in the City of Atlanta, it is generating more than $15 million in charitable contributions and that's not imaginary," said Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta.
"There are different aspects of this development of Drew Charter School and of the YMCA that have been funded in part by contributions from the Tournament," Reed added.
Tom Clark, Executive Director of the Tournament says the PGA will donate millions.
"As far as charity goes, last year it was $2.2-million and this year, the way things are going, we are going to beat that," Clark said.
And that's only part of the economic picture.
Metro Atlanta restaurants, hotels and attractions are predicted to gain more than $35 million in sales over the 4-day golf weekend, while the PGA piles on the perks to get families out.
More than 25,000 spectators are expected each day, with children 18 years old and younger getting in for free. Also free is parking and shuttle service to and from the East Lake front gate.
Tickets for Thursday and Friday are $49, while they jump to $65 for Saturday and Sunday.