R&A OKs rangefinders for 2014 amateur events

Distance-measuring devices such as laser rangefinders will be permitted for use during R&A amateur events this year, the organization's Championship Committee announced Monday.

"It will not be introduced for The Open Championship or any qualifying event for The Open Championship," the R&A said in its statement, adding that the committee is not intending for the change to serve as a recommendation for other tournament organizers.

The Championship Committee is exercising the option under a local rule that has been in effect since 2006.

Naturally, players were quick to react via their Twitter accounts – even if they aren't amateurs.

• Luke Donald, @LukeDonald: "In competitions good players always want yardages to the front of the green, allowing a laser just adds another step

Donald: Lasers are gr8 4 rounds w/ yr mates & 4 caddies 2 check yardages in practice rounds but I dont think they should be used in competitions.

J.J. Killeen, @jjkilleentcu: "Making DMD's legal speeds up play plus it's funny when someone lasers something in the background and airmails the green by 50 yds"

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