Pro golfers won't be using distance-measuring devices anytime soon
Indeed, the R&A and USGA made plain publicly in their respective announcements that their open championships would not allow use of the devices, and have echoed privately that they have no intention of doing so in the near future.
"The main reasons are that at our spectator championships and national PGA member championships," said Kerry Haigh, PGA of America chief championship officer, "the competitors are able to have one or more practice rounds at the course and also have caddies whose job in many cases is to able to calculate yardages and distances, whereas at the vast majority of our events players are seeing the course in many cases for the first time and do not have caddies."
Indeed, the most important voice (arguably) of all on this matter, the PGA Tour, continues to be steadfast about not allowing DMDs for its events.
"This remains in full effect, and we are not contemplating a change," said Andy Pazder, executive vice president and chief of operations. The concern seems to be that DMDs would reflect poorly on the tour's image and, contrary to the thinking of some, would not help pace of play.
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