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Why do PGA Tour golfers never wear golf shorts?


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#1 RICH201083

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 08:38 AM

Having watched quite a lot of Tour events on TV, with most competitions being held during the summer is hot conditions, whey do they all wear trousers? surely shorts would be the more comfortable choise???


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Posted 10 July 2008 - 08:39 AM

PGA Tour rules.
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 08:42 AM

I dont remember the name of the golfer in question, but many years ago someone chose to wear VERY SHORT SHORTS.  Apparently everytime he bent over to pick his ball out of the hole, his ....um.....ball almost fell out of the hole....if you know what i mean.

Since then.....pants only.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 08:46 AM

View PostRICH201083, on Jul 10 2008, 08:38 AM, said:

Having watched quite a lot of Tour events on TV, with most competitions being held during the summer is hot conditions, whey do they all wear trousers? surely shorts would be the more comfortable choise???

definitely a rule.

however, they give those guys a pretty good break...they play the southern courses in the spring and fall and they play the northern courses in the summer.  (that makes a HUGE difference)

i'd love to see those guys have to play the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in August!!  (110+ degrees!!)  :rolleyes:

Edited by Titleist1455, 10 July 2008 - 08:47 AM.


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Posted 10 July 2008 - 08:56 AM

Caddies used to have to wear long pants, too, but that rule was changed: http://www.pcaworldwide.com/press1.htm .


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Posted 10 July 2008 - 10:42 AM

View PostTitleist1455, on Jul 10 2008, 08:46 AM, said:

View PostRICH201083, on Jul 10 2008, 08:38 AM, said:

Having watched quite a lot of Tour events on TV, with most competitions being held during the summer is hot conditions, whey do they all wear trousers? surely shorts would be the more comfortable choise???

definitely a rule.

however, they give those guys a pretty good break...they play the southern courses in the spring and fall and they play the northern courses in the summer.  (that makes a HUGE difference)

i'd love to see those guys have to play the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in August!!  (110+ degrees!!)  :rolleyes:


Except for the US Open in Tulsa!  100 degrees every day with high humidity and they HAD to wear pants.  Every one of the players looked like they had walked through a car wash by the 3rd hole :yes:

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 12:21 PM

I remember while watching the 2007 US Open at Oakmont they had a story of a no-name pro that was playing in the 1973 Open there.  He was in one of the first groups (forgot which round it was) out and had no chance of winning.  As he finished the 17th hole he darted into a nearby porta-potty and emerged with shorts on.  He played the 18th hole, signed his scorecard, and was asked by tournament officials to change back into pants.  I forgot the pro's name and whatever become of him.  I do remember Johnny Miller saying that was the last time anyone on tour played in shorts.
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 12:52 PM

I say let them wear shorts and carry stand bags like the rest of us!!!  At least once a year.  That would be so much fun to see.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:26 PM

There might even be a rule against stand bags on the PGA tour....

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:43 PM

View Postcmusic, on Jul 10 2008, 01:21 PM, said:

I remember while watching the 2007 US Open at Oakmont they had a story of a no-name pro that was playing in the 1973 Open there.  He was in one of the first groups (forgot which round it was) out and had no chance of winning.  As he finished the 17th hole he darted into a nearby porta-potty and emerged with shorts on.  He played the 18th hole, signed his scorecard, and was asked by tournament officials to change back into pants.  I forgot the pro's name and whatever become of him.  I do remember Johnny Miller saying that was the last time anyone on tour played in shorts.

I saw that, too, but I swear I remember Peter Jacobsen changing into shorts near the end of a round in the '80s.


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Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:46 PM

View PostBEND OF THE RIVER GC, on Jul 10 2008, 01:26 PM, said:

There might even be a rule against stand bags on the PGA tour....
there is  i think.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:51 PM

View PostDaveyH, on Jul 10 2008, 02:46 PM, said:

View PostBEND OF THE RIVER GC, on Jul 10 2008, 01:26 PM, said:

There might even be a rule against stand bags on the PGA tour....
there is i think.

I don't think so, the kid from Virginia Tech (Drew Weaver) used his stand bag at the Masters..................

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:53 PM

View PostDaveyH, on Jul 10 2008, 02:46 PM, said:

View PostBEND OF THE RIVER GC, on Jul 10 2008, 01:26 PM, said:

There might even be a rule against stand bags on the PGA tour....
there is  i think.


no there isnt, companies pay big money for players to show off their stuff...including huge logos on the side of huge staff bags.  just the other week fred funk's caddie (his wife/sister, whoever) was carrying a stand bag.  all the amateurs in the us open used them too.
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 01:54 PM

View PostFuzzifus, on Jul 10 2008, 01:51 PM, said:

View PostDaveyH, on Jul 10 2008, 02:46 PM, said:

View PostBEND OF THE RIVER GC, on Jul 10 2008, 01:26 PM, said:

There might even be a rule against stand bags on the PGA tour....
there is i think.

I don't think so, the kid from Virginia Tech (Drew Weaver) used his stand bag at the Masters..................
rules apply to pga members only i think sure someone knows the full ins and outs of this.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 02:01 PM

I believe there is a rule on the PGA Tour that requires them to have a staff bag unless an exemption is granted, i.e. wife or girlfriend caddying that week.  Stand/carry bags were also permitted by the Tour at the old International tournament because of the very hilly terrain on the course.


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Posted 10 July 2008 - 02:14 PM

I think it's crazy not to let these guys wear shorts on Tour.  Who would really care??  Is there a club in this country that doesn't let guys wear golf shorta??  Isn't like they'd wear cut-offs of something.....well maybe Bubba would but!!

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 02:18 PM

How come female pros are allowed to wear shorts, but not male pros?

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 02:24 PM

View PostDaveyH, on Jul 10 2008, 01:54 PM, said:

View PostFuzzifus, on Jul 10 2008, 01:51 PM, said:

View PostDaveyH, on Jul 10 2008, 02:46 PM, said:

View PostBEND OF THE RIVER GC, on Jul 10 2008, 01:26 PM, said:

There might even be a rule against stand bags on the PGA tour....
there is i think.

I don't think so, the kid from Virginia Tech (Drew Weaver) used his stand bag at the Masters..................
rules apply to pga members only i think sure someone knows the full ins and outs of this.

1st, the Masters is not a PGA Tour event.

2nd, all members of the PGA of America are supposed to wear pants for ALL rounds that are sanctioned by the PGA. It's a rule borne out of respect for, and customs of, the Game.

3rd, there are some PGA tour events that allow stand bag use. The International used to allow them, and the Reno-Tahoe Open allows them now.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 02:28 PM

i think they should wear pants. grown men look ridiculous in shorts. not sure about american clubs but many british clubs require pants. if they allow shorts, they often require knee high socks.

i think the pros have shown that they can't really be trusted to make sound decisions on what to wear. so a rule seems necessary.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 02:31 PM

I believe I saw Billy Mayfair using a Titleist stand bag lasr year at the Deutsche Bank


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Posted 10 July 2008 - 02:35 PM

To my knowledge, there is no rule that dictates the size of the bag in a PGA tour event.  It has no effect on the player, so what would the point be.  In fact, I'll bet a caddy could probably use a pull/push cart if he wanted to.  Never recall seeing any rule about that either.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 02:36 PM

Respect for the game?  Why would a professonal wearing a nice pair of shorts equate to that professional disrespecting the game?

Do you feel that collegiate players at the highest level are disrespecting the game?

As far as a nod to tradition, I understand that and I am something of a traditionalist myself, but I am not sanctimonious about it as I fully understand that one rarely sees temperatures into the 90s and humidity over 80% on the fair Island where this game was invented.

As an aside, the Nike Dri-Fit pants are fantastic, but it does not stop me from believing that the prohibition on shorts is silly.
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Posted 10 July 2008 - 02:36 PM

View Postmdouet, on Jul 10 2008, 03:18 PM, said:

How come female pros are allowed to wear shorts, but not male pros?

Because the LPGA allows it.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 02:38 PM

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I remember while watching the 2007 US Open at Oakmont they had a story of a no-name pro that was playing in the 1973 Open there.  He was in one of the first groups (forgot which round it was) out and had no chance of winning.  As he finished the 17th hole he darted into a nearby porta-potty and emerged with shorts on.  He played the 18th hole, signed his scorecard, and was asked by tournament officials to change back into pants.  I forgot the pro's name and whatever become of him.  I do remember Johnny Miller saying that was the last time anyone on tour played in shorts.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 02:50 PM

I think a few years ago in Colorado at the International the tour ALLOWEd the players to use stand bags because of the heat and the hills......

Edited by BEND OF THE RIVER GC, 10 July 2008 - 02:52 PM.


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Posted 10 July 2008 - 03:04 PM

Valero Texas Open allows stand bags.  That course is insane to walk.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 03:08 PM

I'm pretty sure the rule for stand bags are that the bag's opening must be at least 9.5 inches.  Most stand bags do not have this large of an opening.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 03:09 PM

Craig Barlow had a stand bag at the Buick Open, it wasn't very hot and that course is an easy walk.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 04:13 PM

You'll see PGA Tour players wearing shorts when they are trying to qualify for the U.S. OPEN or the British OPEN, or just trying to qualify for a spot period.  

That's the closest you'll see them wearing shorts.

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 04:59 PM

Questions like that make people disappear


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