Why tour pros are wear­ing shorts.

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Moder­nity ver­sus tra­di­tion is how many are fram­ing the de­bate over whether pro­fes­sional golfers should be al­lowed to wear shorts dur­ing prac­tice rounds and in pro-am com­pe­ti­tions. That said, prac­ti­cal­ity is why the Euro­pean Tour gave its con­sent to golfers to show more skin. Hot weather in events in Thai­land and Abu Dhabi led to the de­ci­sion that made trousers op­tional, a prac­tice that new Euro­pean Tour chief Keith Pel­ley says won’t spill into tour­na­ment rounds in the fore­see­able fu­ture. The pos­i­tive re­cep­tion from play­ers – among them vet­er­ans Dar­ren Clarke, Lee Westwood and Ernie Els – got the rule for­malised, and the re­ac­tion from Jor­dan Spieth helped lead the dis­cus­sion across the At­lantic to the PGA Tour. “I think it’s awe­some,” said Spieth. “It will be some­thing that I’d love to see on the PGA Tour as well.” Don’t count on it, as PGA Tour of­fi­cials re­it­er­ated that their dress code re­mains un­changed. Same for The R& A with re­gards the Open Cham­pi­onship. But while both gov­ern­ing bod­ies will be called prig­gish, their real in­tent is to make sure that play­ers from the top pro­fes­sional tours keep look­ing iden­ti­fi­ably dif­fer­ent from golfers at ev­ery other level of the game. The is­sue re­ally isn’t moder­nity ver­sus tra­di­tion. It’s about hold­ing on to a dis­tinc­tive ap­pear­ance that, overly dressed for the weather or not, clearly iden­ti­fies the world’s best. In short, a busi­ness de­ci­sion. – Ryan Her­ring­ton

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