- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Spectators at the Waste Management Phoenix Open will face tighter security measures this year.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1br89k9) guests attending the tournament Monday will be prohibited from bringing in a number of items.

Rob Myers, a spokesman for the tournament, says the new regulations were made in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Items that will be banned from the Tournament Players Club course in Scottsdale include backpacks, lawn chairs, fanny packs, seat cushions and diaper bags. Also, no opaque bags larger than 6 inches in length, width and height.

Officials say clear tote bags of certain dimensions will be provided at shuttle stops in parking lots.

Visitors entering the course have to walk through metal detectors.

The Phoenix Open typically draws half-million people every year.


Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com