MAJOR LASER Rangefinders are now permitted in major golf championships

Caddies and golfers will now be permitted to use laser rangefinders in PGA of America run major golf championships.

The PGA of America announced that they will now allow the use of laser rangefinders at their three major golf championships.

The announcement caught many by surprise as there hasn’t been much of a push to allow these devices in major golf tournaments, despite their use now officially a part of the Rules of Golf.

From the official media release:

The PGA of America today announced that, beginning in 2021, the use of distance-measuring devices will be allowed during competition rounds at its three annual Major Championships: the PGA Championship, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.
“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. “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.”

Was the idea of this to speed up play? Geoff Shackelford pointed out the use of the word “flow” as part of the media release, rather than “slow play”.

Tour players and their caddies often take a long time mulling over their yardage books that can be painful to watch or play alongside.

All up, it seems like a strange thing to announce, but not one I’m necessarily against though. Perhaps they’re trying to move with the times. And maybe it will help with the “flow of play”.

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