By Paul Skeldon

The staid old world of Golf is an unlikely place to pioneer new tech, but ‘Golf’s original championship’, The Open, will be accepting mobile payments for the first time this summer.

As patrons of the championship and for the first time at any Open, Mastercard will enable spectators to order and pay for their food and drinks through the Qkr! with Masterpass app whilst on the course.

The 146th Open will take place at Royal Birkdale, near Liverpool, and the famous Links course is expecting more than 200,000 spectators between July 16th and 23rd.

Spectators will be able to use the Qkr app to order and pay for food and drink from their seats on the large grandstand on the 9th hole. Their order will be delivered to them at their seats within minutes, so they don’t need to miss a second of the action.

Qkr is powered by the Masterpass digital payment service, which allows consumers to securely store any kind of payment cards – not just Mastercard – as well as select their payment preferences. With Qkr, golf fans will be able to make secure, one-touch purchases without having to enter card details each and every time and avoid making unnecessary trips to cash machines.

Mark O’Meara, Open Champion and Mastercard ambassador said: “There’s no doubt that during my time in the game, innovation in golf has taken the sport to a higher standard and the competition more intense. For fans the excitement and entertainment…