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The PGA Tour should let players wear shorts in tournament play


I think the PGA Tour has a case of the shorts.

No, I’m not talking money problems, although some may argue that is the case with LIV Golf doling out cash to players to defect from the PGA Tour.

Money talks, but my point about a case of the shorts is, well, about shorts.

When will the PGA Tour allow its players to wear shorts during competitions? It’s allowed in practise rounds, so why not during actual tournament play?

Unless you are living in the North Pole, you’ve probably experienced some kind of heat wave the last few days.

I’m not hear to stand on a soapbox and talk about global warming. I’ll leave that up to people far smarter than me who understand the environment, the ozone layer and climate control.

All I know is, it’s incredibly uncomfortable golfing in long pants, so that’s why recreational players such as myself enjoy the opportunity to wear shorts while spending some five hours out on the golf course.

If requiring players to wear long pants is to uphold tradition, well, I think it’s time to change that.

What would the comfort of wearing shorts mean to a pro’s game? I know that’s kind of a crazy question, but everything about golf has effectively changed to improve performance. I’m talking specifically equipment.

Do shorts count as equipment?

Definitely not, but comfort matters and that’s why I feel so bad watching a player visibly sweating, knowing the first thing he wants to do after playing a round in the stifling heat and humidity is to head to the locker room for a cool shower.

Of course, that may be pre-empted by a cool beer or two – maybe even more if you are Harry (Big Rig) Higgs (TaylorMade TP5x) after a round no matter what the temperature or Mullet Man Cameron Smith (Titleist Pro V1x) after winning the Open Championship and sipping from the Claret Jug.

When the thermometer is pushing upwards of 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity makes it even more stifling, comfort is more important than tradition. So let me be the one to start the conversation about allowing PGA Tour players to wear shorts in competitions if they so desire.

WEEKLY LIV RANT: The fact the LIV Tour has approached Charles Barkley to work as a commentator speaks to what this renegade circuit will do to get noticed. Barkley is perhaps the worst golfer in the world or the one who has made a living by deliberately playing poorly. There’s no question he is an entertaining commentator – certainly, he’s proven that on broadcasts of NBA games and some exhibition golf matches – but is he going to make that much of a difference in terms of drawing eyeballs to LIV tournaments?

One thing you can say about Sir Charles is he’s not dumb. He told broadcaster Dan Patrick ‘’if they offer me something crazy, I’m going to take it, too.”

He’s referencing the $200 million Phil Mickelson (Callaway Chrome Soft X) is receiving and the $150 million Dustin Johnson (TaylorMade TP5x) is collecting.

Then you have someone such as Will Zalatoris (Titleist Pro V1) who has said “if you gave me all the money in the world tomorrow, I’d still be doing the same thing.”

Which is to say, he’s not leaving the PGA Tour any time soon.

Clearly, he doesn’t have a case of the shorts.

I don’t think Lefty or DJ are low on dough either; they’ve just chosen to make a career and life decision.


Perry Lefko
Perry Lefko
Perry Lefko is an award-winning writer who has published nine books, three of them bestsellers. He has been involved in sports writing for more than 35 years and has interviewed many superstar athletes. He lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and enjoys watching golf and playing it.

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