Ryder Cup officials banned Selfies at the 2014 US/Europe face-off.
Over 250,000 spectators attended the tournament at Gleneagles, which ran from September 23rd to 28th. Ticketholders, who paid up to £1,500 (€1,880) per day, were told that practice days were the only exception to the rule.
Rory McIlroy, nicknamed ‘The King of Selfies’ by numerous media outlets, regularly posts to his 2.2 million Twitter followers. Ryder Cup officials did not comment on McIlroy specifically, but we’re certain that the ruling was not aimed at him alone.
Explaining the decision, Ryder Cup spokespeople maintained that the ban – which also covered unofficial audio and video recordings – was in place to protect the brand, and prevent the distraction of competitors, adding: “…we need to ensure that the brand… is protected at all times which means ensuring that images of the event are not used for monetary gain in a manner which may go against those principles. The taking of pictures during high pressure sporting events has also been shown to have an adverse effect on players, with shutter sounds and bright flashes proving to be a distraction at critical moments.”
While texting and making phonecalls was permitted in designated areas, there was no running allowed, no autographs, and no children under 5 years of age – if only the latter was in effect at every event…!