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Darren Clarke keeps his cool on course as he shows off short game

By Phil Casey

Published 21/01/2016

Darren baring his legs in Abu Dhabi yesterday
Darren baring his legs in Abu Dhabi yesterday

When the heat is on you can rely on Darren Clarke to keep his cool.

The Dungannon golfer's successful request to European Tour bosses to allow players to wear shorts in some games means we're likely to see a little more leg in future.

Darren showed off his pins in the sweltering heat of the fairways of Abu Dhabi yesterday.

The former Open winner asked for shorts to be allowed in oppressive heat and humidity ahead of last week's EurAsia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

Players can now wear shorts in pro-ams and practice rounds after the European Tour's tournament committee unanimously voted in favour.

The move has not been without controversy, with critics worried about greater informality.

Co Down's Rory McIlroy opted not to wear shorts in Abu Dhabi, but favours the move.

"It's a good idea, I just need a couple more weeks in the sun to get my legs out in public," he said. "Sort of pale Irish skin doesn't go so well.

"I don't think it should be too big a deal.

"You look at every other sport and people are allowed to expose their legs, so I don't see why we're not allowed to do that either.

"I don't think it takes anything away from the tradition of the game or etiquette or how guys look on the course, so I don't see why not."

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