Players at the current week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship are being permitted to wear shorts without precedent for a European Tour occasion because of the high temperatures expected at the 2020 season-opening occasion being held at Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa.
Contenders should battle with temperatures of 38 degrees (100f) on Saturday before the temperature drops to 31 for the last round on Sunday. While female visit players are permitted to wear shorts in rivalry, men have consistently been prohibited from wearing them aside from during training rounds and star ams,
Four-time significant champ Ernie Els respected the choice, which was come to after talks between the players, European Tour authorities and the host club. He said: “It is decent when sound judgment comes into play. It will draw near to 40 degrees here and it is the best activity. It has been discussed for such a long time on the entirety of the visits the world over. Johann Rupert [owner of Leopard Creek] has consistently been a groundbreaking man and I figure this could be a distinct advantage for golf that could improve the item.”
Selwyn Nathan, the magistrate of the South African Sunshine Tour, which composes the competition with the European Tour, additionally hailed the choice to allow shorts. “We are thankful to the European Tour for supporting this choice, and we are amped up for it,” he said. “The game has proceeded onward, golf-style has proceeded onward, and even the climate here in Africa has changed. We are playing under lovely daylight, and as long as the clothing regulation accommodates with that of the club, at that point I figure it will look awesome.”
European Tour chief David Williams was similarly strong of the move. He said: “The temperatures will increment as the week goes on, which is awkward and could be a medical problem for the players. A lot of players were worried about it. In these temperatures, it tends to be really awkward out there in pants, so the criticism from the players has surely been certain.”