PGA Championship
August 06, 2018

PGA Championship 2018: Players take advantage of laid-back dress code with shorts at Bellerive

PGA Championship - Preview Day 1

PGA Championship - Preview Day 1

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Photo by: Andy Lyons

Andy Lyons

ST. LOUIS—There are not many similarities between professional players and the average hack. But, at least for three days during the PGA Championship, all golfers are united under a single pursuit: leg liberation.

Last year the PGA of America, echoing the sentiments of its European counterparts, announced that competitors would be permitted to wear shorts during practice rounds at all member and major championships under the organization's umbrella, including the PGA Championship. It was a novel approach at the pro ranks; the PGA Tour requires trousers at all times, and though the USGA does allow shorts in some competitions, it implements the tour's ban at the U.S. Open. About half the field at Quail Hollow took advantage of the relaxed dress code, and it was an oddly mesmerizing sight.

With St. Louis suffering a historic heat wave this summer—temperatures on Monday were in the high 90s, with the real feel index hovering at 105—more players suited up in shorts at Bellerive, deciding the best way to heat up their games was to stay cool.

PGA Championship - Preview Day 1

PGA Championship - Preview Day 1

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 06: Jordan Spieth of the United States plays an approach shot during a practice round prior to the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on August 6, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Photo by: Stuart Franklin

Stuart Franklin

PGA Championship - Preview Day 1

PGA Championship - Preview Day 1

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 06: Keegan Bradley of the United States prepares to play an approach shot during a practice round prior to the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on August 6, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Photo by: Stuart Franklin

Stuart Franklin

PGA Championship - Preview Day 1

PGA Championship - Preview Day 1

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 06: 6: Billy Horschel of the United States putts during a practice round prior to the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on August 6, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Photo by: Stuart Franklin

Stuart Franklin

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Joel Beall

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Joel Beall

Not everyone opted for comfort. Omar Uresti, in his quest to prove that he's a club pro and definitely not a touring player anymore, was rocking slacks.

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Joel Beall

As did Dustin Johnson, the prohibitive favorite.

PGA Championship - Preview Day 1

PGA Championship - Preview Day 1

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 06: Dustin Johnson of the United States plays an approach shot during a practice round prior to the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on August 6, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Photo by: Stuart Franklin

Stuart Franklin

Figures. Johnson's never sweated a day in his life.

Come Thursday, the players will have to go back to pants, and the early forecast is calling for a slight respite from the heat. Still, given the Missouri humidity, you better believe the field is enjoying their freedom while it lasts.


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