Camera clicking irks Tiger Woods

May, 10, 2012
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods complained about a spectator using a camera phone that clicked at the middle of his backswing on the third hole as he attempted to play a chip shot. Although it was a difficult shot to pull off, Woods lamented the difficulties for all players. "We do that every week out here," Woods said. "Now the cameras are loud, people just don't put it on silent. Guys were backing off, they got Hunter [Mahan] a couple times today and Rickie [Fowler] once, I believe."

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Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesFans at TPC Sawgrass were taking photos of players during the round, causing several to step away from shots as they were about to hit. Although spectators are now allowed to bring phones to tournaments, they aren't allowed to shoot photos or videos.

The PGA Tour allows cell phones at tournament sites but does not allow photography or video during tournament rounds, although it is nearly impossible to enforce.

Volunteers are constantly telling spectators to put away their phones or reminding them that they can't take photos or shoot video. Good luck with that.

"The bigger the galleries are, obviously the more people you have, and now where these people can use them ... we don't mind it, just put it on silent," Woods said. "It's not that hard. But they don't. It can cost guys tournaments, because a shot on Thursday is the same as a shot on Sunday. So it's one of the difficult things about it."

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