Heavy security for Masters opening day

By: Will Nunley Email
By: Will Nunley Email

News 12 First at Five, April 5, 2010

AUGUSTA---It may be Tiger Watch on the course, but it's security watch from every other angle outside Augusta National. News 12 saw the heavy security firsthand along Washington Road today.

The controlled chaos began hours before daylight. Tournament employees started early on this incredible opening day.

National and international media placed the focus on Tiger's big comeback while golf fans took to the course not knowing what to expect.

"I think it's going to be media nightmare, but kept under wraps, because it's the Masters," said James Armour, a patron from Chicago.

As crowds grew, so did patrols. Security was organized from the air and on the ground. And it wasn't just the corners around the course. The security measures stretch for blocks away, with local and state police making their presence known.

"I don't think Tiger will take precedent over the Tournament, and I don't think he will," said Tom Ward, a patron from the United Kingdom. "This whole thing seems well organized, extremely well organized."

Authorities reported no major arrests or incidents early on, and they credited their planning and show of force. It all left golf fans ready for a Tiger show on the course.

"He is going to show that he is the best; I am sure of that one," said golf fan Sigi Schuler.

In addition to Richmond County deputies, state troopers and federal agents were brought in for extra control. A London newspaper is reporting Tiger Woods has a private security force of 90 people.


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  • by TK3 on Apr 6, 2010 at 08:12 AM
    Besides Wood's private security, guess who has to pay for all the extra "security" noted in article........that's right taxpayer !
  • by TK3 on Apr 5, 2010 at 11:46 PM
    Except for Tigers own 90 man security force, guess who is paying for all the other EXTRA security noted in the story...Thats right taxpayer!.................. "In addition to Richmond County deputies, state troopers and federal agents were brought in for extra control.... A London newspaper is reporting Tiger Woods has a private security force of 90 people."
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