In case you missed it, the PGA Championship has broken with golf tradition and has allowed competitors to wear shorts for their practice rounds:
— PGA Championship (@PGAChampionship) August 8, 2017
Now, I am as much of a “shorts guy” as anybody. I have spent virtually all of my adult life wearing a t-shirt, shorts and a pair of Rainbow sandals. So, my bona fides in this area are beyond reproach. I support the wearing of shorts.
However, when it comes to the greatest golfers in the world wearing them for a practice round at a major championship – well, I just don’t know about that one.
So, I’m curious – what say all of you? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments down below.
The word from Charlotte says the players ALL LOVE IT. I mean, we’re talking 100% support. Daniel Berger was on the Golf Channel last night being interviewed and he just thought it was natural for the players to be wearing shorts during the practice rounds because that’s what everybody does when they’re at home. He hinted that players were in a better mood, more relaxed, engaging even more with the fans – tons of positives.
Now, I don’t want to come off as “Mr. Dress Code Enforcer” or anything because I’m confident that I would be in the “shorts camp” if I were a PGA Tour pro. But the traditionalist in me just likes something about seeing the pros dressed a little differently than the casual golf fan. I guess I’m old fashioned in that regard.
But I may come around.
Geoff Shackelford, however, may not come around. In a post titled, “Shorts Give the PGA Championship a Member Guest Vibe” he says:
“For me, the casual look reaffirms the fourth major as the fourth major.”