Heat draws out PGA shorts

August 09, 2017
Rickie Fowler (left) putts as Jimmy Walker watches on the 18th hole during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club yesterday in Charlotte, North Carolina. For the first time, the PGA Championship is letting players wear shorts in practice rounds.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP):

Lucas Glover walked off the 18th fairway at Quail Hollow still feeling slightly underdressed.

He wasn't alone.

"I don't recognise some of these guys out here, and I'm sure they probably don't recognise me either," Glover said.

For the first time in its 99-year history, the PGA Championship allowed players to wear shorts during practice rounds this week , in part to combat the August heat in North Carolina. But on a rain-soaked Tuesday, only about half of the players took advantage of the change, with many like Rory McIlroy choosing to stick with long pants.

But like Glover, Scotland's Martin Laird couldn't resist.

"This feels great," Laird said following his practice round. "It gets a little hot out here during the summer."

Still, it was different, if not odd, watching Jim Furyk practising bunker shots wearing shorts and seeing Dustin Johnson chilling in the interview room with bare legs.

The running joke leading up the PGA Championship was that no other major championship course had so many white stakes except they weren't boundary markers. They were legs.

"Everybody is razzing each other a little bit," defending champion Jimmy 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.

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