Cellphones Fair Game at Golf Tournaments

By Ellen Goldberg
|  Friday, May 27, 2011  |  Updated 12:18 AM CDT
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HP Byron Nelson Championship organizers are encouraging fans to tweet, talk and text in designated areas.

Ellen Goldberg, NBCDFW.com

HP Byron Nelson Championship organizers are encouraging fans to tweet, talk and text in designated areas.

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Golf fans can now bring their cellphones to the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

For the first time ever, tournament organizers are encouraging fans to tweet, talk and text in designated areas.

This year, the PGA altered a policy that previously forbade cellphones at tournaments. Now it's encouraging the use of mobile devices.

"We've always had to kind of hide it," golf fan Dana Kearney said. "Now it can be out in public, which is nice."

While cellphones aren't allowed near players on the green, they are allowed almost everywhere else.

Some fans of the game said the rule change is long overdue.

"I do business throughout the day. I live through my phone, so I've got to have it," Don Freetag said.

John Beckert, director of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, said his goal is to be the most tech-savvy PGA tournament.

"The ones that are using Facebook and Twitter are the future of the game," he said.

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