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Shane Lowry hits out as European Tour allow mobiles into Irish Open


By Liam Kelly

Shane Lowry has given the thumbs down to fans being allowed to take photos of the action on their mobile phones at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Portstewart this week.

Lowry shudders at the thought of a volley of clicks as he or any other player is taking a shot in such a high-profile event where the galleries traditionally flock to follow the Irish players.

But the European Tour has gone against previous practice, and instead of trying to deter spectators from taking photos at Portstewart, they are offering a £500 prize for the best picture taken via mobile phone between Tuesday and Sunday.

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"I think that's just ridiculous. There's going to be carnage this week for myself and the other Irish guys. What a bad week to trial something like that. There's going to be 20,000-25,000 people out on the course.

"Statistically, there's going to be a certain percentage of those people who won't have their phones on silent. They're going to use it anyway."

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