The coming of the Presidents Cup in 2013 is expected to boost attendance at this year's Memorial Tournament.

The coming of the Presidents Cup in 2013 is expected to boost attendance at this year's Memorial Tournament.

With the Presidents Cup set to be played at Muirfield Village Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2013, more visitors are expected to check out the course that will host the biennial PGA contest that allows non-European players to compete in an international team match-play format.

"There's no question," said Scott Dring, Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director.

"I think the Presidents Cup has really helped elevate the awareness of the Memorial Tournament this year -- especially this year -- with the marketing efforts we've launched in the past year or so in anticipation with the Presidents Cup," Dring said.

A list of players committed to play in the Memorial Tournament May 28-June 3 is set to be released Friday, May 25, but Dring said top-notch players are expected.

Tiger Woods has committed to the competition.

"The other big things we've noticed through contact with visitors and consumers, with the Presidents Cup here in 2013, the quality of players in the field this year and next is tremendous," he said.

"They want to prepare for the Presidents Cup."

The visitors bureau has been working to promote next year's Presidents Cup, and the Memorial Tournament has been right alongside it, Dring said.

Special packages are being offered for the Memorial Tournament and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for the first time this year.

"You can get tickets to the zoo and the Memorial Tournament," Dring said.

"It's administered through AAA, and we're also working with Experience Columbus," he said. "That's another effort to generate a lot more interest."

Memorial Tournament ticket purchasers also are being given a website link to buy Presidents Cup tickets at an exclusive price.

The annual tournament means big business for Dublin hotels.

"The Memorial Tournament is the biggest room-night generator," Dring said.

"The biggest reason is, it's a whole week of business. ... It's a strong week for us traditionally."

Bed-tax grants generated from Dublin hotels help fund art and public improvements, as well as the convention and visitors bureau.

Other Dublin businesses and the entire region are affected by the annual tournament.

"On our last study, $36.5 million was the economic impact on all of central Ohio, not just Dublin," Dring said. "It's a huge economic impact for the city and the region."

Dublin Chamber of Commerce chief operating officer Jennifer Jakse agreed.

"The Memorial Tournament definitely has an enormous impact, from an economic-impact standpoint in Dublin on everything from Subway subs to hotels, restaurants and the mall at Tuttle (Crossing)," Jakse said.

"There are benefits from having people from all over the country and the world here during the tournament."

In fact, Jakse said, Historic Dublin is a draw for crowds.

"The chamber offices are in Historic Dublin, and whenever someone comes into our office looking for information, they say, 'This area is so quaint.' I do think this is a tourist attraction in some regards," she said.

"We have unique shops down here, like Ha' Penny Bridge Imports and now Mezzo, Woodhouse, Tucci's and Oscar's."

Along with providing information for guests of the Memorial Tournament and other big events that come to Dublin, Jakse said, the chamber also assists in making sure events go smoothly.

"We notify business when big events are happening in the area, whether it is the Memorial Tournament or a soccer tournament, so they can be staffed appropriately when guests are in town," she said. "We want to make sure everything is provided for from a community-perspective that guests would like."

The Memorial Tournament begins with practice rounds May 28-30. The Nationwide Invitational, Junior Golf Day, the Jack Nicklaus Golf Clinic and military day also are slated for May 30; active or retired military members will be admitted for free by showing a military ID.

Memorial honorees Tom Watson and Bob Verdi will be recognized at 3 p.m. May 30.

The first round will be played May 31, followed by the second tournament round June 1. The third round will continue June 2, with the final round slated for June 3 and awards following play.