Hidden treasures at the TPC after the Phoenix Open

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Hundreds of thousands turned out for one of the biggest events in the Valley -- The Waste Management Phoenix Open. Now the paperwork begins to break down the huge event in numbers.

Cleanup is under way, and will be for the next month and a half to get the Tournament Players Club back to its original state.

As far as numbers go, there is also a lot of work to do there, too, tallying up all of the money for the whole point of the Phoenix Open -- the charities.

The Thunderbirds hope to donate more than $4 million to several charities after all of the money is counted and is in hand.

The group has already made a donation of $50,000 to Keep Phoenix Beautiful. That money was raised from the Open’s Green Out on Saturday, where thousands of fans wore green to the TPC. There's also a check for $25,000 going to Keep America Beautiful.

There was record-breaking attendance on Saturday, close to 175,000 people. Some 18,000 of those hung out on the famed 16th hole.

In terms of coverage in print, on the air and online, 550 media outlets came out for the Valleys “Greatest and Greenest Show on Grass.”

On a side note, the Thunderbirds have also received quite the amount of lost merchandise from the big show.

From walking sticks to wedding rings to money clips, there is a long list of items left behind at the TPC waiting to be claimed.