Greg Norman Announces That LIV Golfers Will Be Allowed To Wear Shorts In Tournaments

In a video involving LIV Golf CEO, Greg Norman, the series has allowed players to wear shorts in a break from the traditional dress code

Bryson DeChambeau putts in shorts whilst someone squats behind him
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It may not be the most interesting news in the world, but LIV Golf have announced that players in their 48 man series will be allowed to wear shorts for the first time in competition play.

In a video posted to their social media platforms, CEO of LIV Golf, Greg Norman, is seen walking towards the camera with the tune of 'who likes short shorts' playing in the background. Transitioning from trousers to shorts, Norman then says: "It's official. As of tomorrow, LIV Tour players will be able to wear shorts. The first league and tour to make it official."

The move is a first for golf, as the PGA and DP World Tour's current policy means players must wear trousers in competitive rounds. The policy was altered in 2019, thus allowing tour pros to wear shorts in non-competitive rounds like practice and pro-ams. However, the shorts need to be knee-length, tailored and neat in appearance.

As the announcement was made, Norman tweeted from his personal account and tagged Phil Mickelson: "Time to show off those calves @PhilMickelson," with the six-time Major winner replying "I can't wait."

The only other time that players have been allowed to don a pair of shorts was in 2019 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa. Temperatures that week were well in to triple figures, as the European, now DP World Tour, allowed players to wear shorts for the tournament.

Pepperell and Wilson chat whilst holding up umbrellas

Oliver Wilson and Eddie Pepperell during the 2019 Alfred Dunhill Championship

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“We felt that in this situation it was good move,” said tournament director Davie Williams. “The temperatures will increase as the week goes on, which is uncomfortable and could be a health issue for the players. A lot of players were concerned about it. In these temperatures it can be pretty uncomfortable out there in trousers.”

Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

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