Fans can use cell phones at 2012 season-opener

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November 16, 2011
PGA TOUR staff

MAUI -- In accordance with the PGA TOUR's new mobile device policy, announced in February, fans are now allowed to bring their cell phones to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the kickoff to the 2012 PGA TOUR season scheduled for January 5-9 at The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort.

With the revised policy, spectators are allowed to carry mobile phones on the golf course with the volume setting on silent. Phone calls may be made or received in designated areas only, strategically located throughout the golf course. Fans will be allowed to receive and send messages and check data on the golf course away from play. No video recording is permitted at any time during the week, and no photography will be permitted during official competition rounds.

"Mobile devices have become an important part of everyday life, and we understand it's difficult to ask our fans to 'unplug' during their time on the golf course at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions," said tournament director Nancy Cross. "Allowing cell phones on the golf course has been a tremendous fan enhancement at PGA TOUR events since the policy was implemented. We anticipate our fans will be respectful of the rules and regulations associated with the policy, but also very active while at the tournament."

The Hyundai Tournament of Champions is the season-opening event of the PGA TOUR that invites champions from the 2011 PGA TOUR season to this winners-only event.

Tickets for competition rounds on Jan. 6-9 are on sale now at www.pgatour.com/Hyundai. Limited spots in the tournament's pro-am on Thursday, Jan. 5, remain available. Those interested in being a part of the pro-am should contact the Hyundai Tournament of Champions tournament office at 808-665-9160 or toll-free at 888-665-9160 for more information.

New to the tournament in 2012:

- The tournament dates for 2012 official play begin with the pro-am on Thursday, January 5, continuing with four rounds of professional competition Friday, January 6, through Monday, January 9. The tournament is now scheduled to end on Monday, as opposed to Sunday.

- Thursday's pro-am round will be free to all spectators.

- The tournament will allow all youth 18 years-old and under accompanied by a ticketed adult into the tournament free of charge all week long.

- Military (active duty, retired and reserve) and their dependents will also be permitted onsite for free for the entire week. Military tickets can be downloaded free of charge by visiting www.birdiesforthebrave.com and clicking on the "Ticketing" link. All military and their dependents will need to show their valid military ID along with their downloaded ticket in order to gain complimentary admission.

Follow the tournament on Facebook to get updates and a behind-the-scenes look at how the tournament is shaping up. Go to www.facebook.com and search for Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

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