Distance-measuring devices to be allowed in PGA of America majors

Distance-measuring devices are to be allowed this year in the three majors run by the PGA of America, starting with the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island in May.

Collin Morikawa's PGA Championship title defence at Kiawah Island in May will mark the start of the new policy. Picture: Tom Pennington/Getty Images.
Collin Morikawa's PGA Championship title defence at Kiawah Island in May will mark the start of the new policy. Picture: Tom Pennington/Getty Images.

The policy will also be in force for the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, also in May, and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in June.

“We’re always interested in methods that may help improve the flow of play during our Championships,” said Jim Richerson, president of the PGA of America.

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“The use of distance-measuring devices is already common within the game and is now a part of the Rules of Golf.

“Players and caddies have long used them during practice rounds to gather relevant yardages.”

Under the policy, the distance-measuring devices used by players and/or caddies in these events will need to conform to the Rules of Golf.

Distance-measuring devices are not currently allowed for The Open or any of the other men’s or women’s majors.

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