Golf

Thursday 31 July 2014

‘Jesus Christ’ – Frustrated Tiger Woods urges spectators to keep phones on silent

R&A issues statement pleading with spectators to keep mobile phones on silent and to not take pictures.

Published 18/07/2014|08:23

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Tiger Woods has urged spectators at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake to keep their phones on silent and not take pictures
Tiger Woods has urged spectators at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake to keep their phones on silent and not take pictures

A frustrated Tiger Woods has pleaded with spectators at the Open to keep their phones on silent and not to take pictures after encountering frustrations on his opening round.

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The American golfer shot an impressive 69 yesterday, three shots behind clubhouse leader Rory Woods, but cut a frustrated figure on the final hole.

On the 18th, Woods halted in mid-swing and shouted “Jesus Christ” after his annoyance at the noise got the better of him. The R&A chose to outlaw mobiles after Woods’s complaints at Hoylake eight years ago but repealed the ban in 2012.

“People were taking pictures – like we had it all day today,” Woods said. “There was a lot of cameras out there.”

“We were backing off a lot of shots and a lot of people moving around. It was tough. Unfortunately people just don’t put their phones on silent or some of the professionals guys were getting on the trigger a little early.”

The R&A has installed free wi-fi, but warned to fans attending Royal Liverpool to respect the players on course.

“We urge all spectators to keep their phones on silent and remind them that taking photographs on championship days is not permitted,” Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, the executive director of championships said afterwards.

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