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Caddies allowed to wear shorts in U.S. Open

June 6, 1997

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) _ Relief is on the way for the long-suffering caddies in next week’s U.S. Open.

The Professional Tour Caddies Association said Thursday that the United States Golf Association will allow its members to wear shorts during the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda.

According to a notice posted during the Kemper Open, USGA officials will allow caddies to wear shorts as long as they are tailored, Bermuda-length and a solid color.

The news was welcome respite for caddies, who have long lobbied for the right to wear shorts in warm weather.

``I think it’s a very good move,″ caddie Anthony Lingard said. ``In some of the tournaments we play it’s stinking hot.″

Lingard, working for Phil Tataurangi in the the Kemper, has been on the tour for three years. The only PGA Tour event caddies are allowed to wear shorts is the Hawaiian Open.

``It’s about time they caught up with the times. You look great in shorts and your cool,″ Lingard said.

The caddies association memo to its members stated that no cutoffs, jean shorts, short shorts, multicolor shorts or bathing suits would be allowed.

The memo implored its members to show restraint.

``This is our chance to show the PGA Tour and PGA of America that we can control and police ourselves and look presentable,″ the memo said.

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