Reminds me of what the Euro's did in 2004; signs up all over Oakland Hills - NO AUTOGRAPHS. Team USA took that to heart, they didn't even acknowledge the fans (this was a Tuesday practice round). And most of the European players would walk along the ropes around the green and up to the next tee, they had sharpies with them, and sign tickets, hats, programs, etc.
I'm not sure it mattered once the event started, because it was a completely different crowd and atmosphere on Friday when they were playing keeps. And there wasn't nearly the social media then, but still they were much more engaging with the fans; and it was appreciated.