By Marcus Leach

With the 2012 Ryder Cup starting today (Friday) Scotland's Minister of Sport Shona Robison has estimated that the 2014 tournament could be worth in the region of £100 million.

Scotland are set to pay £20 million just to host the 2014 Ryder Cup, but could generate up to five times that amount.

A Scottish government delegation is in Chicago for this year's event, to promote sport, trade and culture ahead of the 2014 contest at Gleneagles, with the efforts aimed at attracting as many golf fans to Scotland as possible.

"For around about a £20m outlay we will be getting hopefully £100m-plus back to Scotland, to the local economy," Robison told BBC Scotland.

"We think that's pretty good value for money."

Golf, despite all of the current economic problems in the world, is still seen as a bankable business, and it is estimated that Chicago's economy will see an extra £150 million from the Ryder Cup, making gold big business.

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