PGA of America to Allow Distance Measuring Devices at 2021 Major Championships

In somewhat of a surprising decision, the PGA of America announced that it will allow the use of distance-measuring devices  at the 2021 PGA Championship, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. 

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

The devices will need to conform to the Rules of Golf regarding their use and performance. 

This policy will debut with the 2021 PGA Championship, which will be played at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, from May 17-23.

Rule 4.3a (1)

Distance and Directional Information.

  • Allowed: Getting information on distance or direction (such as from a distance-measuring device or compass).
  • Not Allowed: Measuring elevation changes, or Interpreting distance or directional information (such as using a device to get a recommended line of play or club selection based on the location of the player’s ball).

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