Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tour Notebook; Players Get Chance to Wear Shorts during Practice at PGA Championship

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tour Notebook; Players Get Chance to Wear Shorts during Practice at PGA Championship

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Byline: Garry Smits

The running gag was that no one realized there were that many white out-of-bound stakes at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.

No, wait ... those were PGA Tour players in shorts.

For the first time the history of a professional major, players were allowed to wear shorts during practice rounds for the PGA Championship. The dress code was relaxed months ago in anticipation of a tournament in August, in the South, but the early part of the week has been rainy and overcast, with temperatures in the low 80s.

That didn't stop players such as Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and defending champion Jimmy Walker from taking advantage of a rare chance to shed long pants. PGA Tour rules require that players wear pants for practice and competitive rounds.

"Everybody is razzing each other a little bit," Walker said. "Some guys look good in shorts and some guys don't. It's pretty funny. There are a lot of untanned legs out there."

Mickelson said he hopes the idea catches on.

"I love that they [the PGA] took a risk and did something with the players in mind," he said. "I hope that their example gets followed by the Tour. I think it would be a great thing."

PHIL, ERNIE CELEBRATE TOGETHER

It would have happened at Erin Hills during the U.S. Open in June had Mickelson not opted out to attend his daughter's high school graduation.

But the PGA of America was only to happy to serve as the site for a milestone shared by two friends and rivals: this week will be the 100th major championship start for both World Golf Hall of Fame members Mickelson and Ernie Els.

They will become the 13th and 14th players in golf history to play in 100 or more majors when they tee it up in Thursday's first round. Jack Nicklaus holds the record with 164.

Mickelson has won five majors and Els four. They both have something else in common: one major hole. Mickelson has been the runner-up in six U. …

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