The PGA Tour finally relented and gave up on one of its stupidest policies: Players will now be allowed to wear shorts during practice rounds and pro-ams in advance of tournaments.
The new policy will go into effect immediately, starting with this week’s WGC event in Mexico City.
The European Tour, which co-sanctions the World Golf Championships, made a similar policy change in 2017, while the PGA of America has allowed players to wear shorts during practice rounds for the past two editions of its PGA Championship.
James Hahn, the Player Advisory Council Co-Chairman, tweeted out the news first.
As the new Player Advisory Council Co-Chairman, I have an announcement to make. #ShortsGame
— James Hahn (@JamesHahnPGA) February 18, 2019
Phil Mickelson loves the idea. (Of course he does… with those impressive calves and all.)
The @PGATOUR just announced that shorts are allowed for pro-am and practice rounds. Word is they saw my Insta-structionals in shorts and felt this move needed to happen. Well played, Sir. Well played!? pic.twitter.com/vGCM36EoEF
— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) February 18, 2019
The change comes nearly 20 years (July 1999) after the Tour first allowed caddies to wear shorts.