Final preps, new security measures for Phoenix Open

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by Ryan O'Donnell

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Posted on January 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 26 at 6:40 PM

PHOENIX -- The final blades of grass are being trimmed to tournament height, but that's not the only thing being cut for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Certain things won't be allowed in this year.

“The PGA Tour this year implemented new security features very similar to the NFL, so if you've been to an Arizona Cardinals' game this year, you're going to be very familiar with the new policies," said Waste Management spokeswoman Janette Coates. "Basically, you can only bring a bag, purse or wallet that's no larger than 6-by-6-by-6 (inches)."

Larger bags are permitted but they must be see-through and those are limited to 12-by-6-by-12 inches.

Coates also recommends giving yourself a little extra time because every visitor will go through a security checkpoint.

“If you're parking at one of the two large parking shuttle lots, you'll actually be ... inspected there," she said. "If you're being dropped off at the gate, valeting, or walking in the tournament, we'll also have a checkpoint there.”

Considered the "Greenest Show on Grass," Waste Management is again doing its part by going completely green.

Coates said Waste Management is bringing back its Zero Waste Challenge this year. There will be 6,000 compost and recycling bins along the course and 60 solar-powered compactors.

The world's greatest golfers are in town, and tee times starting Monday morning at TPC Scottsdale.

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