2011: PGA Tour Likely Lifting Fan Cellphone Ban

The Golf Channel reports this weekend that the PGA Tour is closing in on a decision to allow fans to keep their cell phones during play of its 2011 schedule of events.

Tiger Woods

TGC’s Steve Sands reports:

The PGA Tour will allow fans to have cell phones at events next year as long as they are on a silent or vibrate setting.

The Wyndham Championship was the first to attempt it at a Tour event this year and, by many accounts, it was a success.

There will be another test at the Chevron World Challenge in two weeks, then another test at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. If both go off without a hitch, the regulation is expected to stick for the remainder of the season.

Of course, the decision isn’t wholly designed as a way for the PGA Tour to merely ease fan convenience.

Their (PGA Tour officials) hope is that allowing people to carry a cell phone while at a tournament will help grow attendance.

Even if the PGA Tour does approve the devices for a full season of tour stops, there’s still one major catch. 

This new stipulation would not include the major championships, which are all governed by bodies other than the PGA Tour.

Not sure what to think of the PGA Tour’s move on this one. Is the move ..

  • A desperate attempt to attract fans to lower profile events?
  • Acknowledgment of the cellphone’s omnipresent role in our lives?
  • Tiger’s bachelor status?