The PGA of America announced some huge news today regarding its major championships — the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
In each of those championships, distance-measuring devices will be permitted for use by players and or caddies during competition.
— PGA of America (@PGA) February 9, 2021
“We’re always interested in methods that may help improve the flow of play during our Championships,” said PGA of America President Jim Richerson said in a press release. “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.”
According to the release, the distance-measuring devices in PGA of America events will need to conform to the Rules of Golf regarding their use and performance:
Rule 4.3a (1)
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).