Woods wants the sound of silence

Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:32pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - British Open organizers warned spectators about mobile phone use on Thursday after three-times champion Tiger Woods was distracted during his opening round 69 at Hoylake.

Huge galleries followed the American's every move but some could not resist taking cheeky snaps of the 38-year-old in action despite the R&A's mobile phone policy being plastered on notice boards all over the course.

Woods pleaded with fans to "keep them on silent" while organizers issued a statement calling for order.

"We are delighted to have big crowds here enjoying the golf and I know there are many fans here who are experiencing the Open for the first time," executive director of the championship Johnnie Cole-Hamilton said in a statement.

"We urge them all to keep their phones on silent and remind them that taking photographs during the championship days is not permitted."

Woods gesticulated at fans after twice being forced to back off his second shot at the 18th, before firing his ball into a green-side bunker from which he managed to get up and down to save par.

Asked about the distractions, he told reporters: "People were taking pictures. We had it all day today.

"There were a lot of cameras out there. We were backing off a lot of shots and a lot of people were moving around.   Continued...

Tiger Woods of the U.S. up his putt on the tenth green during the first round of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton