The Ryder Cup matches, which begin today at Medinah, are an economic boost for the state. The event is worth $135 million, according to the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau, and there’s no cost for security to deal with anti-golf protesters.

“This event is right there with a number of the large sporting events,” says World Golf chief executive Steve Mona. “Final Fours (in college basketball), not quite at the Super Bowl level, but some of the large events that come into a city for a concentrated period of time, this compares favorably with that.”

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An estimated 40,000 people will attend, and many of them are from out of the area or out of the country, so in addition to buying tickets and souvenirs, they’re staying at hotels and eating at restaurants. The course also gets TV exposure.

The Ryder Cup is contested every two years between teams from the United States and Europe. The event alternates between the U.S. and Europe. It has never before been held at Medinah, though Medinah has hosted the U.S. Open (1945, 1979, 1990) and the PGA Championship (1999, 2006).

Medinah is located in unincorporated DuPage County between Roselle and Itasca.