Originally created 06/20/02

PGA championship officials busy organizing security



CHASKA, Minn. -- Tiger Woods' chance for a Grand Slam could complicate the organization of security for the PGA Championship, but tournament and local public safety officials are up to the challenge.

"We have some significant plans in place for Tiger and the other players," said Kerry Haigh, senior director of tournaments for the PGA of America. "We'll make, obviously, any changes if and when necessary."

About 50,000 fans, players, officials and media members are expected at Hazeltine National Golf Club each day for the tournament, held Aug. 12-18. If Woods wins the British Open in July, he'll have a chance to win golf's four major championships in one calendar year - something that's never been done.

Tournament organizers have been coordinating plans with the FBI and other national security officials.

Officers from across the state, State Patrol troopers and sheriff's deputies from Carver County will be there to help, and a command post to coordinate activity will be set up - as well as roadblocks around a half-mile perimeter on the golf course in this Minneapolis suburb.

Residents from neighborhoods near Hazeltine will be given parking tags to hang in their cars and will have to provide police with a list of visitors expected each day. No one will be allowed into a restricted neighborhood if he or she is not on a list.