Ryder Cup cleanup could take 2 months

Mad rush at Ryder Cup shop on Monday

CHASKA, Minn. - As Team USA celebrates winning the Ryder Cup, cleanup has begun at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska.
Part of that cleanup included getting rid of Ryder Cup merchandise. Monday morning, long lines wrapped around the inside of the Ryder Cup Shops. Another line formed outside the store with customers waiting to get inside.
For just the day, remaining merchandise was being sold for 50-percent off.
"Oh wow, it's just a frenzy. I'm going to go find a corner and sit down," said Duane De Bower of Chaska.
Around 11 a.m. customers told KARE 11 it took about an hour to get through the checkout line but shoppers said they were excited about the sales.
Meanwhile, crews have been breaking down the tents at Hazeltine.
"We started as early as yesterday. As the groups go through, we start taking signs down. We don't have a lot of time before the weather starts to get to be a problem for us, especially with snow and everything so we want to get everything off the grounds as quickly as we can," said Jeff Hintz, Ryder Cup director.
According to Hintz, construction on the tents for Ryder Cup started in June; it will all come down by early to mid-December.
Despite the months of cleanup ahead, employees are celebrating a successful Ryder Cup.
"Really fun to hear the cool stories from people all around the world and people that have experienced a number of Ryder Cups and then they come here and say this is the best one they've ever been to. So that's rewarding to hear those types of messages," Hintz said. 
Hazeltine National Golf Club is closed Tuesday and will reopen to its members on Wednesday.


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