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US Tour caddies allowed to wear shorts next year

Caddies have felt like they were getting the short end of the stick from the PGA Tour regarding some matters in the past, but they're happy about getting "shorted" by a recent ruling of the PGA Tour Policy Board.

The board recently approved a set of conditions under which caddies can wear shorts during tour events. These conditions include the two season-opening tournaments in Hawaii -- the Mercedes Championship and the Sony Open -- and, at the caddie's discretion, all tour events from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

Also, caddies will be permitted to wear shorts during tournament weeks outside those prescribed dates when the heat index is forecast to reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit for any one day of the tournament week. The shorts must be knee length and tan-colored in appearance.

The shorts policy also applies to caddies on the Buy.com Tour, but it does not apply to caddies on the Senior PGA Tour, as they have the option to ride in a golf cart.