from golf writer Ron Green Jr. at the Charlotte Observer:
When marshals ask for silence at the Wyndham Championship next month at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, they’re not going to be talking just to the spectators.
They’re going to be talking to their cell phones, too.
In an experiment that has the potential to backfire, the Wyndham Championship will allow spectators to bring their cell phones to the tournament every day provided they keep the ringers turned off, they don’t use the camera function Thursday through Sunday and they only talk on the phones in designated areas away from play.
Cell phones and golf tournaments have traditionally been a bad match. Ringers tend to go off at the wrong time or chatterboxes who snuck their phone in wind up with their conversation drifting over to a green where someone’s trying to do their work.
The best golf tournament/cell phone policy has been something close to what they have at the Masters: Don’t even think about it.
But officials at the Wyndham Championship, with the blessing of the tour, are going to see if they can play a tournament with any number of smart phones vibrating in the pockets of the spectators. Good luck.
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