PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem says the tour won't change its cell-phone policy for fans despite complaints from Phil Mickelson, according to Bloomberg's Mike Buteau. The Tour's current policy allows fans to bring phones onto the course and use them in designated areas. Fans are not supposed to take photos or videos with their smart phones during the tournament.
“We’re committed to making it work,” Finchem said in an interview while playing in a pro-am round at the Champions Tour’s Tradition event in Birmingham, Alabama. “If we get to a point where we don’t have an acceptable competitive environment, we’ll do whatever we need to do, but I don’t see that happening.”
Mickelson withdrew from last week's Memorial Tournament after sending a text message to Finchem from the sixth fairway complaining about cell-phone use in the stands. Finchem did not comment on Lefty's mid-round message, and Mickelson's spokesman T.R. Reinman said that Mickelson will not address the issue again.
“It’s in the past for Phil,” Reinman said in a telephone interview. He declined further comment and said Mickelson wouldn’t address the issue any more. Mickelson had cited exhaustion in announcing his withdrawal. Finchem refused to say whether he spoke with Mickelson.
Mickelson will get a little peace and quiet at Olympic next week, though: The USGA does not allow cell phones at the tournament.