The PGA Tour is going to be experiencing some pretty warm weather in the next few weekends with trips to Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Florida all on the schedule. Fortunately for the golfers, they'll get to prepare for the courses a little more comfortably thanks to the newly-revised dress code.
On Monday, the PGA Tour released a statement modifying the dress code to allow players to wear golf shorts during practice and pro-am rounds for the six tours under. Per the release, the change is effective immediately.
A change in the PGA TOUR’s Player Appearance guidelines will allow players to wear golf shorts during practice and pro-am rounds, effective immediately.
The statement made it clear that this change will be available for the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship and the Puerto Rico Open. However, long pants will still be required for official competition rounds.
The new guidelines specify that the shorts must be "knee length" and that compression leggings underneath must be of solid color.
The PGA Tour has allowed caddies to wear shorts since 1999, but not the competing golfers until very recently.
Tiger Woods was quoted by the PGA Tour and gave his thoughts on the topic, stating he would welcome the change.
“I would love it,” Woods responded. “We play in some of the hottest climates on the planet. We usually travel with the sun, and a lot of our events are played in the summer.”
Rory McIlroy similarly expressed optimism for the move.
“It makes the guys a lot more comfortable,” Rory McIlroy said. “… I don’t think there’s anything wrong with professional golfers showing the lower half of their leg.”
The WGC-Mexico Championship takes place this coming weekend in Naucalpan.
Woods, McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and other top golfers will all be in attendance and able to show off their legs in practice.