R&A lift ban on mobile phones for the Open Championship this year

Spectators at this years Open Championship will be able to use mobile phones after the R&A lifts its six-year ban on the devices.

There are going to be designated area’s to allow phone calls in, although photography will be definitely be banned during the four days of the championship.

“Allowing their use at the championship will enrich the Open experience.” said Peter Dawson.

I think this will be welcomed by many golf fans as today’s way of living has changed a hell of a lot in the past 3 years regarding technology on your phone. It will enable fans to check the scores on their phone apps and just make the whole experience a better one. Only if the fans respect it though.

Mobile phones were banned for the 2007 Open at Carnoustie after complaints from players about the number in use at the previous Championship at Hoylake.

The Open last visited Lytham in 2001, seeing David Duval lift the Claret Jug.

The course has changed since then,  14/18 have undergone redevelopment, with nearly 200 yards added making the 7,086-yard course a par 70 for the Championship in July.


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