Yes, Pat McCrory really did say this:
The golf championships are being played in back-to-back weeks at the same venue for the first time. McCrory said Commerce Secretary Sharon Allred Decker has told him to "wipe my schedule clean for those two weeks."
"We are going to be meeting with business development people at the two Opens," McCrory said. "In fact, we’re going to use the Women’s Open to concentrate on Asian companies because of all the Asian golfers.
Right, because Asians are all one type, and they hold off on their important business decisions until their female golfers finish the tour. What if they play poorly? Aside from the fact that North Carolina is already well-known for its golf courses, the popularity of the game itself has been on the decline for several years:
Golf is on the decline in America. That reality has finally smacked us in the face like a two-by-four.
The number of core American golfers (those playing eight rounds or more per year) has fallen between three and 4.5 percent every year since 2006.
Since 2007, the number of golf courses closing in America has significantly outnumbered the number of new courses being built.
Leave it to Dag McCrory to get all excited about an economic opportunity that doesn't exist, or only exists for the top 1% and their unfortunate caddies.