European Tour relaxes its law on golf shorts during practice days

The European Tour’s tournament committee has unanimously voted in favour of allowing players to wear golf shorts during practice rounds and pro-ams.

Chief Executive Keith Pelley approved a request lodged by European captain Darren Clarke to permit his team to wear shorts while practicing in the oppressive heat and humidity ahead of next week’s EurAsia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

Clarke and Lee Westwood were seen wearing golf shorts in practice ahead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Tuesday – before the issue was debated that evening by the committee.

Ian Poulter, part of the victorious EurAsia Cup team, wrote on Twitter: 'It's 2016 not 1990. Get rid of the stuffy old rules that hold golf back. Make it more fun (for) everyone.'

Tournament officials will consult with local promoters to make sure players wearing shorts on the golf course will not cause offence and if there are any objections, shorts will not be allowed that week.

When the action got under way, players switched from shorts to long trousers as they contested the pro-am during the EurAsia Cup as the queen of Malaysia hit the ceremonial opening tee shot. However, it is understood her majesty later told Pelley she would have had no objections to shorts.

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