On Monday afternoon, through new Player Advisory Council Co-Chairman James Hahn – and with the help of Harold Varner III – the PGA Tour made a surprising announcement: Effective immediately, players are allowed to wear shorts during practice rounds and pro-ams.
As the new Player Advisory Council Co-Chairman, I have an announcement to make. #ShortsGame
— James Hahn (@JamesHahnPGA) February 18, 2019
It’s been a long time coming. The European Tour began allowing the practice in 2016 and the PGA of America has been allowing it at the PGA Championship for the last two years (though we don’t expect to see many shorts this year at Bethpage since the PGA has moved to May).
There were plenty of clever tweets when the news broke. Like this one from Golf Channel:
Don’t skip leg day, boys!
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) February 18, 2019
And this one from Zach Johnson:
— Zach Johnson (@ZachJohnsonPGA) February 19, 2019
BUT… Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson absolutely stole the show with this tweet:
The @PGATOUR just announced that shorts are allowed for pro-am and practice rounds. Word is they saw my Insta-structionals in shorts and felt this move needed to happen. Well played, Sir. Well played!😎 pic.twitter.com/vGCM36EoEF
— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) February 18, 2019
Holy smokes! This could be one of those moments in history that people talk about for decades to come, “I remember where I was when Phil Mickelson tweeted out a picture of his calves.”
It’s well-documented that caddie Duane Bock (Kevin Kisner) has the best calves in the game. Hell, they even have their own Twitter account: https://twitter.com/BocksCalves
But, in terms of players, Phil is now the leader in the clubhouse when it comes to the calves game.
Twitter was abuzz after Lefty’s post:
— Sean Zak (@Sean_Zak) February 18, 2019
Phil, they’re gorgeous calves.
— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) February 18, 2019
Decent calf game there 👍🏻
— Lee Westwood (@WestwoodLee) February 18, 2019
Phil, you may have gotten the calves….
But @goodwalkspoiled got the biceps
Biceps > calves IMO
(I got neither, no since in trying to come up with a clever response to this)
— Wesley Bryan (@wesleybryangolf) February 18, 2019
Lefty’s brother and caddie – Tim Mickelson – also weighed in:
Rumor has it @PhilMickelson was getting jealous of all the calves comments directed at me on the course as of late so he lobbied the PAC to take action. Looks like they listened. 😂😂 #sarcasm #imkidding #relaxpeople
— Tim Mickelson (@goodwalkspoiled) February 18, 2019
As did Phil and Tim’s sister, Tina, who made a great point:
Hey bro, with calves like that you should be able to jump higher! 😂😘
— Tina Mickelson (@TinaMickelson) February 18, 2019
And, here’s what Tina was referring to – Phil’s jump (?) after winning his first major, the 2004 Masters.
Kinda funny how Phil Mickelson’s calves are JACKED, yet he can’t jump 3 inches above the ground. pic.twitter.com/fgaQNYJwBT
— Peep (@PeepsBurgh) August 10, 2017
A couple of caddies had leg jokes, too, that didn’t target Phil… and it’s a good thing they didn’t. He could snap them in half with those things.
I feel like a lot of PGA Tour players are doing some shopping on Amazon this morning pic.twitter.com/Vd2D25R9mY
— stoner (@davecstone) February 18, 2019
I have one more demand in my service to you Boss. You wear leggins under your shorts and I’m trying to get Joe Don Blake’s bag on the Champions Tour. https://t.co/CYDqkO5zZC
— Kip Henley PGA loopr (@KipHenley) February 19, 2019