Mobile phones return to British Open

Updated 1039 GMT (1839 HKT) July 19, 2012
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The mobile phone is becoming more and more prominent at sporting events, with spectators eager to share opinions and pictures via social media. Getty Images
For the first time since 2006, the British Open will allow fans to bring phones onto the golf course when it gets underway on Thursday. Darren Clarke (center), who went on to lift the Claret Jug in 2011, and Rory McIlroy can be seen here checking out a phone during a practice round ahead of last year's event. Getty Images
Golf fans have always observed strict on-course etiquette. World No. 3 Lee Westwood and Australia's Adam Scott have both backed the use of phones at the British Open, providing it does not distract the players. Getty Images
Fans clamoring for pictures of their favorite stars has long been a familiar site at sporting events all over the world. Getty Images
Sports fans have also started taking their own visual souvenirs, including filming parts of the action on their smart phones, a practice which is prohibited at most events. Getty Images