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Reported: By and, that the PGA Tour will begin testing drivers in the 2019-20 season, beginning at next week’s A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. and, citing a memo sent to players on Wednesday, said that the Tour, in conjunction with the U.S. Golf Association, will test clubs pulled from players’ bags rather than clubheads taken from the manufacturers’ onsite equipment trailers. The testing will determine the clubs’ characteristic time limit, or CT, which measures the spring-like effect of a clubface. The Tour has been testing clubs at random tournaments since 2014. The issue came to prominence in July when Xander Schauffele said that he was forced to use a backup driver when his Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero was deemed by the R&A to be nonconforming before the start of the British Open.

Announced: By the Korn Ferry Tour, the debut of the Live + Work in Maine Open, to be played June 11-14, 2020, at Falmouth Country Club in Portland, Maine. The five-year contract with sponsor Shamrock Sports & Entertainment calls for the tournament to be contested annually through 2024. The 156-man event will carry a $600,000 purse. The developmental tour’s complete schedule is expected to be announced later this year and begin in January.