SYDNEY (Information) – Sergio Garcia needs skilled golfers to be allowed to put on shorts throughout tournaments to higher join the professional sport with the tens of millions of amateurs all over the world, the previous Masters champion mentioned on Wednesday.
FILE PHOTO: Golf – The 148th Open Championship – Royal Portrush Golf Membership, Portrush, Northern Eire – July 19, 2019 Spain’s Sergio Garcia on the 18th gap in the course of the second spherical Information/Ian Walton
Greater than a century of customized and etiquette got here to an finish on the Alfred Dunhill Championship on the European Tour final week when organizers let gamers put on shorts due to hovering temperatures in South Africa.
Garcia mentioned he had worn shorts to apply for the Australian Open on Monday and had been reminded by officers that lengthy trousers could be required for the pro-am and when the event begins on Thursday.
“I’ve mentioned it many instances – I believe on the finish of the day, having the potential of enjoying with shorts, it solely sort of brings us collectively to the amateurs,” the Spaniard informed reporters at The Australian Golf Membership.
“Whenever you go to a course, except it’s winter and it’s actually chilly, if it’s spring or summer season and the temperatures are good, if you go to a standard course, 90 per cent of the individuals are carrying shorts, so I believe the connection would really feel even nearer to the amateurs.
“It in all probability will occur however we don’t know precisely when.”
Garcia, who celebrates his 20th yr as an expert this weekend, will likely be enjoying his first Australian Open and welcomed the possibility to hitch the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Participant and Arnold Palmer as a winner of the Stonehaven Cup.
“The names are very, very spectacular. I do know most of them. It simply reveals you the standard of this event,” he mentioned.
“It’s a disgrace that I haven’t performed this Open earlier than. It’s my debut as nearly a 40-year-old. It sort of sounds a bit of bit humorous, however I’m excited to play effectively and provides it a great run.”
Temperatures in Sydney this week are unlikely to achieve the heights that allowed the gamers to put on shorts in South Africa however Garcia was in any case extra involved in regards to the winds that may whip throughout the lay-out within the japanese suburbs of Sydney.
“I believe it’s a extremely stable golf course, the sort of golf course that if the situations are benign you possibly can rating, as a result of it’s not terribly lengthy,” he mentioned.
“However in the event you get a bit of little bit of wind, which normally you do right here, these small greens then develop into very small targets and you must be extraordinarily exact to have the ability to hit them.”
Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, enhancing by Richard Pullin