PGA Tour approves use of mobile devices at events


Beginning with the Honda Classic in two weeks, patrons will be allowed to carry mobile devices and use them in select areas on the golf course, the PGA Tour announced Tuesday.

Golf Channel reported last November that this move was likely. The Tour tested the new mobile policy at five events, from late 2010 to early 2011.

“We understand that mobile devices are an important part of everyday life.” said Andy Pazder, PGA Tour chief of operations. “We concluded after the five test tournaments, that allowing mobile devices on-site at Tour events was a tremendous fan enhancement, allowing them to stay connected to business and family. We anticipate our fans will be respectful of the policy and as a result the integrity of our competitions will not be compromised.”

The mobile device policy will be implemented on a tournament-by-tournament basis, subject to Tour approval. The four major championships are not Tour sponsored and will have their own policies regarding the use of mobile devices on-site.