As a member of the technology generation I’ve been a big proponent of golf coming around on allowing cell phones into tournaments. It’ll entice more fans to want to spend 5-6 hours on the golf course, allow them to say in touch with the rest of the world, and if they abide by certain rules, not disrupt play.
Well, the PGA Championship announced recently that they are on board to allow cell phones in to this year’s championship:
During the PGA Championship, spectators at Atlanta Athletic Club will be alerted to follow proper usage on site by adjusting the volume setting to “silent” or “vibrate.” Spectators may accept or make phone calls in designated areas throughout the golf course, primarily near concession stands. Digital messaging and checking data is allowed on the golf course. Cell phone camera use is only permitted during the Practice Rounds. No video recording will be permitted at any time during Championship Week. Spectators attempting to use their mobile device in unauthorized areas or in ways not sanctioned will be asked to surrender the device and pick it up at a designated location after they depart the golf course.
This is a major victory for the 21st century.