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LOGISTICAL NUMBERS: If you don’t make it to Muirfield Village, rest assured there is a major outlay of people, money and resources this week for the Presidents Cup.
Just in terms of media, there are some eye-popping statistics.
Almost 1,000 credentials were issued, the media center is 16,842 square feet and the television broadcast is expected to reach approximately 800 million households around the world (in 30 languages across 225 countries and territories).
For those coming to the competition, 20,000 Presidents Cup radios were handed out to spectators, more than 100,000 pairings sheets will be printed for the week, they’ll use 70,000 linear feet of rope and 50,000 linear feet of fencing for crowd control. There are more than 150,000 square feet of tents, including 14,800 square feet of merchandise space, 9,500 temporary grandstand seats, 2,312 bar stools, 2,016 chairs and 1,500 trash receptacles.
Proving that the organizing committee keeps good records, the event also requires 250 portable toilets, 120 picnic tables, 73 hospitality shuttles, 40 generators, 30 restroom trailers, 15 video boards, 12 semi-trailers full of furniture and 11 electronic scoreboards.
The Memorial Tournament, held each year at Muirfield Village, relies on 3,000 volunteers. The Presidents Cup is getting by on half of that number _ then again, there are only 24 players instead of 120 players.
The caterer will supply 75,000 bottles of water, three tons of hamburger meat, 150,000 pounds of ice, 100,000 logo napkins, 10 semi-trailers of beverages (soda, beer and spirits), 500 gallons of bloody mary mix and 200 pounds of bananas.
Oh, and if they stretched all of the hot dogs that they’ll go through end to end, they would stretch three miles.
DORMIE: Unlike the Accenture Match Play Championship, the term “dormie” can be used properly at The Presidents Cup.
When a player or team is ahead in the match by the same number of holes that remain, it’s called “dormie.”
The U.S. Golf Association traces the term to the French word with Latin origins, “dormir,” which means “to sleep.” In so many words, it means that the lead is insurmountable, so the leader can relax knowing that he cannot lose the match.
It also was used at the Match Play in Arizona, though incorrectly. Dormie can only apply when a match can be halved. At the Match Play, it can to be won, even if that meant going extra holes.
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