Royal and Ancient lifts cell phone ban


The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews has lifted a six-year ban on mobile devices at the British Open and will allow fans to bring them to Royal Lytham and St. Annes this July.

'There is no denying the attachment people feel to their mobile phones both in terms of gathering information and staying in touch with family and friends,' R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said on Monday. 'We understand this and allowing their use at the championship will enrich the Open experience.'

The PGA Championship was the first major to allow the use of cell phones, implementing the policy last year at Atlanta Athletic Club.

PGA Tour events also allow mobile phones inside the gates, instituting a policy last February. The R&A will employ a similar strategy, creating designated areas on the grounds to make phone calls. Photo and video can be shot during practice rounds, but will be banned for the championship rounds.