05/23 15:59 CDT Memorial out to battle phone distractions
Memorial out to battle phone distractions
By RUSTY MILLER
AP Sports Writer
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) -- Almost every pro golfer has a story about an ill-timed
phone ring or camera click that ruined a shot.
The Memorial is taking steps to minimize those distractions.
The tournament, which tees off next week, will have a cadre of volunteers in
the most popular groups, hoping to alleviate spectators creating problems for
A year ago, Phil Mickelson cited "mental fatigue" for withdrawing after the
first round at Muirfield Village. The real reason may have been his frustration
with a flood of distractions from outside the ropes involving cell phones.
The Memorial allows spectators to carry phones but only in silent mode. Areas
will be set aside to make and take calls. The patrolling volunteers will try to
clamp down on any abuses everywhere else.