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Short-lived? R&A takes stance on shorts at the Open

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – This week the European Tour unveiled a new policy that will allow players to wear shorts during practice and pro-am rounds, but don’t expect to see the new, relaxed look at this year’s Open Championship.

Although the Open is co-sanctioned by the European Tour, the Royal & Ancient told the United Kingdom’s Press Association that the rule will not apply this year at Royal Troon.

“We welcome initiatives that ensure golf remains modern and relevant to today’s generation of players but we do have to maintain a balance with the traditions of the game,” a spokesman for the R&A said.

“While we already have our conditions of entry for the Open at Royal Troon, this is something the Championship Committee will consider in future. It would certainly be a pleasant dilemma to have if the weather here in mid-July is sufficiently warm for shorts to be desirable.”

Earlier this week, a spokesman for the PGA Tour told Golfweek: “The PGA Tour's policy [regarding players wearing shorts] remains unchanged. Players are required to wear long pants when playing practice, pro-am and official competition rounds.”