All of the golf world's eyes' are on Austin this week. The WGC Dell Match Play tournament is at the Austin Country Club, and it could bring in about 50,000 people.
Day two of the tournament brought more crowds and great play from some of the world’s best pro golfers. While international players packed galleries, Jordan Spieth - a hometown favorite also brought out a lot of fans. Austin Myers, who came to see the former longhorn, was happy he didn’t have to travel too far to do it.
"It's huge we are getting a lot of recognition, Austin is on the up and up, especially in the sports world, F1, a tournament like this with the big names and players it’s pretty special for Austin."
This is the first time the world golf championship has been held in Austin. It is a not a major, like a U.S. or British Open, but it is a big deal. That's why Madonna Reichman and her daughter came early Thursday.
"We're kind of short so we thought it would be a good time to get a spot close to the green and be able to see some good puts."
One area that's clearly out of bounds is part of Lake Austin by the Loop360 / Pennybacker Bridge. Boat traffic in front of the golf course was limited and also patrolled by local authorities.
"I think we are in good shape, first year event we are working closely with the Austin Police Department, local officials to make this as successful as possible, and I feel like over the last few days we are learning a lot,” said Tournament Director Jordan Uppleger.
The Austin Country Club has been preparing for the event for weeks.
Katherine Martin is married to the assistant superintendent at the club. She and her kids haven't seen her husband for a while.
"It's a big time event, it’s certainly his career choice and we are flexible and just go with it and enjoy every moment we are able to spend with him."
It’s not known how much the event will actually bring to Austin. But an economic impact study for a WGC event in Akron, Ohio determined, in 2011, the tournament generated $21 million in that region.