PGA Championship to permit use of mobile devices

Photo by Christine Troyke

Photo by Christine Troyke

The PGA of America will allow spectators to carry and use mobile devices at next month's PGA Championship, a major change in policy from previous years.

This year's PGA Championship is Aug. 8-14 at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

The use of mobile devices was permitted at the 72nd Senior PGA Championship and its success prompted the PGA of America to make the change for its upcoming major. Fans must have settings on silent or vibrate while on the course, but can accept or make phone calls in designated areas, primarily near concession stands.

"Having successfully introduced the mobile device policy at one of our major spectator events, we are confident that we will have a positive response from those attending the 93rd PGA Championship in Atlanta," PGA of America president Allen Wronowski said in a statement on the policy. "Mobile devices are a part of our daily lives, our personal caddie, and we ask that the great spectators who support our premier championship will respect the ground rules and the players while enjoying one of the year's foremost sporting events."