It used to be that if you had something to sell, you'd "show 'em a little leg." For decades that maxim moved everything from Chryslers to colognes to Broadway shows. But this week the Turkish Golf Federation raised eyebrows and inseams when it permitted PGA Tour players competing in its non-PGA Tour sanctioned Turkish Airlines World Golf Final to do just that: Wear (gasp) shorts during the competition. And if you think this is the kind of headline that can only emerge from a silly-season event in which the world's No. 1 and No. 2 players lost their first-round matches, you're correct.
There was shock and outrage among the white-belt set. "I'm not a big fan of it," said Chris Tidland, a guest on Golf Channel's Morning Drive. "I think it looks unprofessional, looks like you're with your buddies on a week off, playing at your local course." Local course? Eew. Oh, and Tidland happened to be sporting a short-sleeve shirt.