Shane Lowry is not happy that the European Tour is encouraging snap happy fans to take selfies at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
For the first time ever, spectators will be allowed to use their phone to take pictures in all areas of the course.
Hometown heroes are often the focus for fans at the event, and Lowry believes it is unfair on the players who will have to deal with the intrusion and inconvenience that comes with snap happy supporters:
The European Tour are holding a competition for the best picture of the week with the winner getting goods and merchandise to the value of €500.
“I think that’s ridiculous," Lowry told the Irish Times.
"There’s going to be carnage this week for myself and the other Irish guys.”
“What a week to trial something like that. There’s going to be 25,000, trying to get 25,000 people to use their phone on silent statistically, a certain percentage of people won’t have their phones on silent. They’re going to use it anyway. There’s going to be carnage.”
Lowry believes fans have become increasingly worse when it comes to respecting the rules of the course as far as pictures are concerned.
“France has always been pretty bad, Ireland has been pretty bad too,” said Lowry. “You’re not allowed use your phone at Augusta. I don’t know I just think it’s a bit ridiculous this week.”