PGA of America to allow use of range finders at majors starting in 2021
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The PGA of America will allow the use of range finders at all its major championships beginning this year, the organization announced Tuesday.

That means players can use distance-measuring devices at this year's PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, as well as the KPMG Women's PGA Championship and 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."

Players will also be allowed to gather directional information with a compass.

However, range finders that provide additional data, such as elevation change or aiding in club selection, won't be permitted.

Range finders are still not allowed on the PGA Tour or any of the other three major championships.

The PGA Championship begins May 20, with the Women's PGA starting a month later June 24.

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