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PGA to Change Rule for Female Qualification

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PGA of AmericaPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Call it the Suzy Whaley Rule.
 
The PGA of America said Tuesday it is changing the rule at its sectional tournaments to make women play from the same tees as men if they want to qualify for PGA Tour events.
 
Whaley, a club pro in Connecticut, won her PGA sectional last year despite playing from tees that made the course about 10 percent shorter than what men faced.
 
Her victory earned her an exemption into the Greater Hartford Open, where Whaley will have to play from the championship tees.
 
The PGA of America already requires its club professionals to play from the same set of tees to qualify for the PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship or PGA Cup Matches.
 
Women can continue to play from the shorter tees if they choose, but they will not be eligible for exemptions into PGA Tour events.
 
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