Masters chairman explains the tournament's infamous cell-phone policy and vows to never change it

Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters, is famous for its strict and seemingly archaic rules, and if Masters chairman Billy Payne is to believed, one of their most notorious rules is not changing anytime soon.

Among the famous rules of Augusta National is the strict no-cell phone policy. During Payne's introductory press conference prior to this year's Masters, he was asked about the future of the policy and was adamant that it will never change on his watch.

"You're going to have to ask the next chairman," Payne said. "Because that's not going to change while I'm chairman."

Payne then explained the policy.

"I just don't think it is appropriate," Payne said. "The noise is an irritation to, not only the players, the dialing, the conversation, it's a distraction. And that's the way we have chosen to deal with it."

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1934: Horton Smith, United States

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1935: Gene Sarazen, United States

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1936: Horton Smith (2), United States

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1937: Byron Nelson, United States

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1938: Henry Picard, United States

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1939: Ralph Guldahl, United States

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1940: Jimmy Demaret, United States

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1941: Craig Wood, United States

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1942: Byron Nelson (2), United States

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1946: Herman Keiser, United States

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1947: Jimmy Demaret (2), United States

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1948: Claude Harmon, United States

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1949: Sam Snead, United States

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1950: Jimmy Demaret (3), United States

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1951: Ben Hogan, United States

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1952: Sam Snead (2), United States

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1953: Ben Hogan (2), United States

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1954: Sam Snead (3), United States

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1955: Cary Middlecoff, United States

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1956: Jack Burke, Jr., United States

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1957: Doug Ford, United States

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1958: Arnold Palmer, United States

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1959: Art Wall, Jr., United States

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1960: Arnold Palmer (2), United States

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1961: Gary Player, South Africa

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1962: Arnold Palmer (3), United States

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1963: Jack Nicklaus, United States

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1964: Arnold Palmer (4), United States

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1965: Jack Nicklaus (2), United States

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1966: Jack Nicklaus (3), United States

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1967: Gay Brewer, United States

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1968: Bob Goalby, United States

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1969: George Archer, United States

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1970: Billy Casper, United States

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1971: Charles Coody, United States

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1972: Jack Nicklaus, United States

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1973: Tommy Aaron, United States

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1974: Gary Player (2), South Africa

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1975: Jack Nicklaus (5), United States

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1976: Raymond Floyd, United States

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1977: Tom Watson, United States

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1978: Gary Player (3), South Africa

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1979: Fuzzy Zoeller, United States

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1980: Steve Ballesteros, Spain

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1981: Tom Watson (2), United States

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1982: Craig Stadler, United States

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1983: Steve Ballesteros (2), Spain

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1984: Ben Crenshaw, United States

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1985: Bernhard Langer, Germany

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1986: Jack Nicklaus, United States

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1987: Larry Mize, United States

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1988: Sandy Lyle, Scotland

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1989: Nick Faldo, England

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1990: Nick Faldo (2), England

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1991: Ian Woosnam, Wales

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1992: Fred Couples, UNited States

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1993: Bernhard Langer (2), Germany

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1994: José María Olazábal, Spain

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1995: Ben Crenshaw (2), United States

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1996: Nick Faldo (3), England

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1997: Tiger Woods, United States

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1998: Mark O'Meara, United States

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1999: José María Olazábal (2), Spain

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2000: Vijay Singh, Fiji

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2001: Tiger Woods (2), United States

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2002: Tiger Woods (3), United States

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2003: Mike Weir, Canada

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2004: Phil Mickelson, United States

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2005: Tiger Woods (4), United States

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2006: Phil Mickelson (2), United States

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2007: Zach Johnson, United States

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2008: Trevor Immelman, South Africa

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2009: Ángel Cabrera, Argentina

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2010: Phil Mickelson (3), United States

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2011: Charl Schwartzel, South Africa

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2012: Bubba Watson, United States

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2013: Adam Scott, Australia

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2014: Bubba Watson (2), United States

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2015: Jordan Spieth, United States

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2016: Danny Willett, England

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That Payne would be so concerned with eliminating noise not directly associated with the sport of golf should not come as a surprise. The governing board has always been obsessed with the presentation of the tournament, including their famous azaleas, the white jumpers for the caddies, the prohibition of running among patrons (and don't call them spectators or fans!), and even the minimal number of commercials that are allowed during the television broadcast.

Despite seemingly being behind the times, it is hard to argue with the attention to detail as the beauty of Augusta National is much of what makes the Masters so great.

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