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The Ryder Cup has banned photos from social media

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Rory McIlroy could be in trouble for his photos. (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy could be in trouble for his selfies. (Getty Images)

The Ryder Cup has put some ridiculous and, ultimately, hilarious rules into place for this month's Ryder Cup.

Here's the Telegraph with an explanation:

"However, the competition organisers have introduced a ban on uploading photographs to the internet via social media during the event at Gleneagles in Scotland later this month.

"No audio or video capture is permitted at all during the six-day event as the Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA) and the PGA European Tour want to make sure their image is intact, and players are not distracted."

Oh yeah, that'll go well. So you're just keeping the 24 players and their families from sharing photos and videos from Gleneagles? Rory McIlroy and his selfies are mentioned in the article and I just thought...

Wait...it's a rule for everybody?

"Over 250,000 spectators are expected to witness the clash between America and Europe at Gleneagles, which culminates on Sept 26 – 28. The ground regulations warn ticketholders, who have paid up to £1,500 a day, that no audio or video capture is permitted and no still photography except on practice days.

"The rules also state: 'Images taken with a camera, mobile phone or other electronic device cannot be used for any purpose other than for private and domestic purposes. You must not sell, license, publish (including, without limitation, via Twitter or Facebook or any other social media site) or otherwise commercially exploit photographs.'"

Wait a second, let me get this straight, you're allowing 250,000 folks to bring phones to a sporting event and then telling them to not take photos and upload them to Twitter.

Yeah, that's a great idea. I'm sure it will be easy to enforce because the Ryder Cup is usually a pretty tame, not-boisterous event.

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