PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Natthakritta Vongtaveelap of Thailand made it through only five holes Thursday in the U.S. Women’s Open when she was disqualified for her caddie’s use of a rangefinder.
The USGA said the Thai golfer’s caddie used the distance-measuring device on multiple occasions. She was even par through the 14th hole, having started on No. 10, when she was disqualified.
Such devices are allowed at LPGA Tour-sanctioned events except for the U.S. Women’s Open, which is run by the USGA, and the Women’s British Open, which is run by the R&A.
Vongtaveelap missed the cut last week in the Women’s PGA Championship. The PGA of America allows rangefinders, hopeful it will help with pace of play for when players get out of position and might need extra time to measure distances.