PGA Tour allows shorts for practice, pro-am rounds

Vastavam web: Players will be allowed to wear shorts in PGA Tour practice and pro-am rounds under a change in player appearance guidelines unveiled Monday. The change, effective immediately, applies only to tournaments on six tours operated under the PGA Tour umbrella. Long pants will remain required attire for all official competition rounds. This week’s World Golf Championships Mexico Championship and the US PGA Puerto Rico Open will be the first tournaments offering golfers the apparel option. “It makes the guys a lot more comfortable,” four-time major winner Rory McIlroy said of wearing shorts.

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with professional golfers showing the lower half of their leg.” James Hahn, co-chairman of the PGA Tour Advisory Council, informed PGA players of the rule change in a video posted on Twitter. Shorts must be knee-length, tailored and neat in appearance. Compression leggings worn under shorts must be solid in color.

The European Tour began a policy for players wearing shorts in practice rounds in 2016. The PGA of America has allowed players to wear shorts for practice rounds at the PGA Championship the past two years. Tiger Woods, a 14-time major winner, said he would welcome the chance to wear shorts in practice rounds in a Facebook Live interview last year. “I would love it,” Woods said. “We play in some of the hottest climates on the planet. We usually travel with the sun and a lot of our events are played in the summer.”