Are Fans Allowed Mobile Phones On The PGA Tour?

Spectators are now constantly seen filming on their smartphones during PGA Tour events, is that allowed?

Are Fans Allowed Mobile Phones On The PGA Tour?
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Spectators are now constantly seen filming on their smartphones during PGA Tour events, is that allowed?

Are Fans Allowed Mobile Phones On The PGA Tour?

Tiger Woods' comeback has created an awful lot of media coverage and in most images you see of him there are dozens of fans filming on their smartphones.

But are you allowed to film on your smartphone during a PGA Tour event?

The answer is yes.

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The PGA Tour actually brought in a new policy last year, after previously only allowing spectators to use their phones for calls in designated areas, with a strict policy of no photography.

But in August 2017 the Tour announced a new mobile phone policy where fans were allowed to take images and videos of the action.

Bubba Watson complained about phones on the European Tour in 2011 when he played in the French Open, although he will have surely gotten used to them in the USA now.

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At the time he said, "It's not a normal tournament. There's cameras, there's phones, there's everything.

"Every tee says 'no phones, no video cameras' and on every tee there's hundreds," Watson said.

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What is the PGA Tour's policy on mobile phones?

• Devices must be on silent at all times; flash may not be used. • Devices may be used to capture video, audio and photos (content) in all areas throughout tournament week. • Content may be used for personal purposes (e.g., personal social media); no commercial use. • No live streaming or real-time coverage (e.g., no shot-by-shot coverage). • Data use (e.g., texting) is permitted in all areas throughout tournament week. • Phone calls are allowed only in designated areas. • Please be respectful of play and do not interfere with players, caddies or media. • All posted signage and instructions from tournament staff must be observed. • Failure to comply with this policy may result in the revocation of your ticket.

What is the European Tour's policy on mobile phones?

The European Tour's mobile phone policy

The European Tour also brought in a new mobile phone policy last year, allowing fans to take pictures and videos and encouraging them to share those on social media.

The new policy was trialled at the Irish and Scottish Opens and was formally brought in at the Made in Denmark tournament in August.

Whilst both the PGA and European Tours now allow fans to use their phones whilst spectating, that still isn't the case at Augusta National for the Masters where there is a strict no-phones policy.

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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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