After successful test, PGA Tour will allow cell phones at its tournaments

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The tour has allowed mobile devices at five tournaments over the last six months, and found that the players weren't being disturbed.
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Published: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 | 3:42 p.m.

Golf fans now can bring cell phones to PGA Tour events.

The tour has allowed mobile devices at five tournaments the last six months. The tour wanted to see if players would be disturbed, and it was found to be no problem.

Starting with the Honda Classic, fans will have select areas to use phones, which must be kept on silent.

At the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, designated areas were set up to make calls. Some could step away from the ropes to check emails and text messages. Spectators cannot take photos of players. Some fans at Torrey Pines had phones taken away and were given claim checks.

The policy affects only PGA Tour events -- not the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open or PGA Championship.



You've GOT to be kidding me!
"Normal" people play golf with all kinds of noises and don't let it ruin their day. I think it is silly that these tour professionals even care whether their picture is taken. I have loved watching these golf tournaments for years, but I am getting so fed up with stupid comments about being bothered by cell phone and picture snaps that I may very well QUIT watching!