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Ryder Cup learns to embrace the mobile phone with HPE partnership

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Tiger Woods of the United States plays a shot on the sixth during the morning fourball matches of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National on September 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Until now the Ryder Cup has had an uneasy relationship with mobile phones. There was a period when the organisers would frisk fans for cellular devices and cameras on their way into the event, no matter which side of the Atlantic it was taking place.

It doesn’t look too enlightened in retrospect, but the tournament was only conforming to the prevailing golf orthodoxies at the time. The R&A placed a ban on mobiles at the Open between 2007 and 2012, after players at the 2006 tournament in Carnoustie complained that they were a distraction; the PGA Tour restricted their use to practice rounds at its events, and only overturned this rule in 2017. Augusta National continues to enforce a ban on smartphones, but then the US Masters have always proved to be an exception.

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