With the golf season winding down towards the end of the 2016-2017 PGA TOUR season, players seem a lot more relaxed. The relaxation has made players more comfortable on the course and there is only one thing missing that players would like to see happen as they finish out the season.
Heading into the TOUR Championship this week, the 30-player field will be facing temperatures approaching 90 degrees and 80% humidity, not the type of weather you would expect near the end of September. Because of the heat and the small field for the FedExCup’s final event, some players are clamoring for the opportunity to wear shorts on the course.
While some might think this request is unnecessary or isn’t a possibility, the PGA TOUR did grant a similar request for players that were playing in the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow. During that event players were permitted to wear shorts, but during practice rounds only. While conditions were similar to what players will be facing this weekend, the PGA TOUR has decided not to allow players the opportunity to free their legs.
Jimmy Walker of the United States walks up a fairway during a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 7, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
As a response to the request from an unidentified player, commissioner Jay Monahan stated, “Having worked in other sports, when you get on the tee on Wednesday and you see a player playing in their uniform, the same way they are going to look over the next four days. Treating that event professionally, there’s a lot of value to that. You have to protect that.”
Protecting that style may not be in the cards forever, as there has been much momentum for shorts to be added to proper PGA TOUR attire. As mentioned above, players were able to wear shorts during some practice rounds over the year and at Quail Hollow. Further, the European Tour officially allowed shorts to be worn during practice rounds last year.
With all of these players and fans in favor of allowing pros to wear shorts on the course, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before the measure takes effect. For now, however, don’t expect to see any of your favorite golfer’s free legs.
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