The Short Story


The Short Story

July 09, 2012

Darren Clarke

The European Ryder Cup captain was instrumental in getting the new rule passed. Here he is wearing shorts for a practice round at the 2016 Abu Dhabi Championship, the first event in which the policy was officially put in place.

Rickie Fowler

With the August 2012 issue, Fowler became the third man to wear shorts on the cover of Golf Digest.

Rickie Fowler

An outtake from Fowler's cover shoot.

Adam Scott

Adam Scott was photographed for this July 2011 cover near his home in the Bahamas.

Adam Scott

Scott has long been admired for his game and personal style.

John Elliott, Jr.

Elliott's legs on this August 1989 cover marked a first for Golf Digest. Apparently they weren't afraid to show some thigh back then.

Tiger Woods

Woods has often said he prefers wearing shorts for casual rounds. Here he is in the 2005 Tavistock Cup.

Charl Schwartzel

Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion. Did he ever wear shorts with the green jacket?

Luke Donald

Always one of the most stylish players on tour, Luke Donald can do casual effectively as well.

Graeme McDowell

We love the shorts, although we're going to need a ruling on the black socks and white shoes.

Ian Baker Finch

Ian Baker-Finch has stepped away from competitive golf to focus on a career in broadcasting. Apparently that has allowed for more time working on his leg tan.

Ernie Els

Els alongside his son Ben. Are those -- gasp! -- cargo shorts?

Tony Romo

The Cowboys QB mixes the old-school hat with an otherwise contemporary look.

President Obama

An unabashed golf enthusiast, the Prez received some heat early in his tenure for his choice of cargo shorts.

John Boehner and Joe Biden

When Obama played with House Speaker John Boehner, Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, he opted against naked knees.

Step Up Your Game

Can you pull off the shorts look? Check out our Golf Digest Style Guide for tips on how to make them work for you.

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