The contentiousness between the PGA Tour and its caddies seems to be escalating following an incident on Saturday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Duane Bock, who caddies for Kevin Kisner, was told by a Tour official following the third round at Bay Hill that the red shorts he was wearing didn’t conform to the circuit’s dress code.
According to the Tour’s player handbook, caddies “are required to wear solid-colored khaki-style long pants . . . or solid-colored, knee-length tailored shorts.”
Bock posted the following image and message to his Facebook page:
Bock is among 167 caddies who filed a class-action lawsuit against the Tour last month, claiming the Tour has engaged in restraint of trade and anticompetitive conduct involving the caddie bib.
Following Sunday’s final round, Bock told GolfChannel.com that he had no problem with officials policing what caddies wear, but that he would like to see more consistency.
On Friday, for example, Henrik Stenson’s caddie Gareth Lord wore a similar pair of red shorts and told GolfChannel.com officials said nothing to him about it.