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.
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. Read more…