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Security tight at The Players Championship

Reported by: Jamie Smith
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Updated: 5/09/2013 10:38 am

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.-- Before you come to Sawgrass to see the world's best players swing golf clubs, you'll first see security guards swinging metal detectors over every fan entering the gate.

Many of the security procedures enacted after 9/11 remain in place, but other safety measures have been added that spectators will never notice.

Matt Rapp, THE PLAYERS executive director, said, "Unfortunately, after the events in Boston, we are having to take even more seriousness in terms of how we are policing."

Bags larger than 6x6x6 are prohibited from the event.

"It is part of the process. We just hope that people understand that we're trying to do this for their safety and others'  enjoyment so that people feel relaxed," said Rapp.

What not to bring

You've got sunscreen. Sunglasses. Your fashionable hat. All the things needed to make a statement and have a blast at THE PLAYERS. But what shouldn't you bring to the golf course?

· Once the tournament starts on Thursday, don't get sent back to your car because you brought a camera. While taking photos is permitted. Any budding shutterbugs will need to leave the equipment at home once the competition gets underway.

· Kids (6 years and older) to a hospitality venue without a ticket. Yes, kids get in free to THE PLAYERS with a ticketed adult - but this policy applies to grounds tickets only. If you're planning to spend some time in The Turn or The Benefactor, for example - and we hope that you do - and if your child is 6 years of age or older, they'll also need one of these upgraded tickets to gain admission.

· We've got plenty of places to sit and tons of shady spots with umbrella tables, but if you want to bring your own chair or umbrella (just in case), here's a tip for avoiding a common rookie fan mistake: leave the cases or covers for those items in your car, as those are prohibited items.

· Purses or bags larger than 6" x 6".Travel light and leave the duffel bag-slash-purse at home.

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Fred Thompson - 5/9/2013 9:19 AM
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When will we stop these "PARINOID PRACTISES"' as long as we keep doing this. It emphasises that the Terrorist have won..KNOCK OFF THE PARANOIA here and at the football stadium
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