The PGA Championship that ended yesterday is under the PGA of America’s jurisdiction. That means they may put into effect certain local rules different from the PGA Tour. Here is an example:
Since January 1st, 2019, The Rules of Golf permit the use of Range Finders. The PGA Tour, decided to put into effect a local rule prohibiting the use of range finders. The PGA of America took the decision to permit the use of range finders. They say it should help for Pace of Play.
Did it really make the players play faster?
The PGA of America has also a different policy on Pace of Play, and we saw on Thursday a one stroke penalty given to a player for slow play.
The Masters is another tournament not under the PGA Tour’s Local Annual rules. As an example, Augusta National Tournament Committee, told the players they would not be allowed to use their own distance and green reading material. All players must use the booklet made by Augusta National with less information available.
This other major is run by the United States Golf Association (USGA). We will see in a few weeks if they have differences with the PGA Tour. But in all the US Open qualifying rounds, players are allowed to practice a putt after completing play of a hole.
Even if the organization of the Canadian Open is under Golf Canada’s responsibility, they have all the same rules as the PGA Tour
All those events count for the PGA Tour ranking.