Fans allowed to bring phones to Tour events

A sign asking for fans to silence their cell phones next to the 15th tee during the 2010 Wyndham Championship.

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Golf fans now can bring cell phones to PGA Tour events.

The tour has allowed mobile devices at five tournaments the last six months. The tour wanted to see if players would be disturbed, and it was found to be no problem.

Starting with the Honda Classic, fans will have select areas to use phones, which must be kept on silent.

At the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, designated areas were set up to make calls. Some could step away from the ropes to check emails and text messages. Spectators cannot take photos of players. Some fans at Torrey Pines had phones taken away and were given claim checks.

The policy affects only PGA Tour events – not the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open or PGA Championship.

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