Two years ago the PGA lifted the cell phone ban from tournaments allowing spectators to carry their mobile devices as long as they were silenced and calls were placed in designated areas only. Many players think the new rules are working and are less distracted by errant beeps and clicks.
"We live in a different social world now,” says Colin Montgomerie. “To take a cell phone away from someone is like taking an arm off. It's attached to people's bodies nowadays, and I think it's wrong to take them away. Provided the cell phone is silenced on the course, I don't see any problem.”