For the last few years, shorts during competition has been a heavily debated topic on the PGA Tour. With high temperatures during summer events, especially during the Florida swing, media and fans alike have wondered whether it’s time to allow shorts on Tour during competition — shorts have been allowed during practice rounds since February 2019.
After the first round of LIV Golf Boston at The International in Bolton, Massachusetts, Greg Norman, the CEO of the Saudi-backed league, announced via social media that LIV members will be allowed to wear shorts during competition, starting with the second round in New England.
LIV players had previously been allowed shorts during practice rounds and pro-ams.
— LIV Golf (@LIVGolfInv) September 2, 2022
Matthew Wolff and Talor Gooch hold the first-round lead at 7 under, followed closely by newcomer Cameron Smith, who fired a 6-under 64 in his LIV debut.
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