It looks like the days of ‘phone free’ greens might soon be over. Golfers everywhere were frustrated with their inability to instantaneously tweet their holes in one, and their rally for gadgets was finally heard.
Specifically, the British heads of The Open Championship lifted a ban on mobile phone usage, freeing up the use of cell phones at the tournament for the first time in six years. The ban was originally issued because players found the obnoxious ringtones of fans' cell phones distracting to their focus, and ultimately damaging to their performance.
The trend for free cell phone usage is not a common one, as three out of four of the season’s tournaments banned mobile usage. However, this year’s open is set to be held at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes and the ruling event organizers strategize that cell phone usage would be beneficial to the Crackberry addicted public, and have sanctioned off designated areas for mobile phone usage during the July 15-22nd event.
Part of this let up on cell phone use may have to do with the strategic launch of the Royal Lyntham & St. Annes golfing Smartphone applications, which will be released in unison with the event. Peter Dawson, R&A’s Chief Executive said on their company website about their plans, “We are offering spectators access to an enhanced range of apps for Android, iPhone and iPad that will offer live video of play and other attractions at The Open and will keep them up to date with essential championship information including scoring, tee times, news and an interactive course guide."
Finally, Tiger Wood’s mistresses across the world can sigh in relief, as they can continue sexting their treasured golfer up unto the last putt.