Tiger Woods makes call for radical change to PGA rules

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Professional golfer Tiger Woods has asked for the PGA to allow competitors to wear shorts during tournaments.

In a climate where golfers travel across the world to play in tournaments in exceptional weather conditions, the former PGA tour champion has asked for a change to the governing body's strict dress code.

The PGA Tour does not currently allow shorts, although the European Tour does, according to PGA.com.

"I would love it. We play in some of the hottest climates on the planet," Woods said.

"We usually travel with the sun, and a lot of our events are in the summer, and then on top of that, when we have winter months here, a lot of the guys will go down to South Africa and Australia where it's summer down there.

"A lot of the tournaments are based right around the equator, so we play in some of the hottest places on the planet.

"It would be nice to wear shorts. Even with my little chicken legs, I still would like to wear shorts."

In 1999, the PGA Tour ammended the rules so that caddies could wear shorts. However, this was only applicable in extreme circumstances. 

This rule change came following events where caddies were callapsing during tournaments in two consecutive years.

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In July 1998, Garland Dempsey's heart stopped while he caddyed for John Maginnes in Chicago as the temperature reached 93 and the heat index struck over 100.

Soon after, a caddie for Greg Kraft suffered heat stroke and required medical intervention before he could continue.

Although, last year the PGA Tour allowed golfers to wear shorts during practice for the first time.

With Woods holding such an influential role in the sport, and with many people listening whenever he speaks, it will be interesting to watch how the PGA respond to his query.

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