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.

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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…