Report: ‘Very well-known’ pro told to change shirts at golf club

Ewan Porter has revealed that an anonymous Australian player was told to change his Adidas golf shirt at a well-known course in Melbourne.

The 40-year-old expressed his disbelief over the incident on Twitter. Above an image of the offending guy in the shirt, he wrote: “OK not even a joke. Yesterday a very well known Aussie pro played at a very well known golf course in Melbourne. He was wearing the same style of @adidasGolf shirt and was told he had to change it.I’m sorry but these are totally unacceptable archaic rules.

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The shirt is without a collar, which could have caused the problem. Nevertheless, this position is unlikely to improve the perception of some clubs as being out of touch with modern times. Fellow pro Mike Clayton, who has said the world ranking should be scrapped, responded to Porter’s tweet, writing, “Funny how acceptable it was 55 years ago” above several images showing players wearing similar jerseys from earlier eras.

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Porter’s revelation is the latest in what is becoming a recurring theme for the Sydney-born player. Earlier in the week, Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill tweeted that he was told to cover up his tattoos on what he described as a “bucket list golf course of Sydney”.

The musician had been invited to the course by Porter and LIV Golf and Asian tour pro Travis Smyth. Porter then responded to Followill’s tweet by asking, “What harm does it do anyone or a club’s reputation if someone has tattoos or wears black socks?” and described it as a “quite sad reflection on the prospects for some clubs”.

Porter’s history of speaking out about golf club dress rules goes back even further. In 2020 he tweeted: “I visited a top golf club in Sydney today. I was told that I couldn’t play in black socks with black shoes and that I had to buy white club socks. Leaving that open for discussion, but I said on principle, I’d rather not play than bend to archaic rules.

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Although it was not revealed who the player Porter was referring to was, it could be fellow Australian Lucas Herbert, who is one of Australia’s top players and an Adidas ambassador. Herbert, from Melbourne, is also not on the field for this week’s Butterfield Bermuda Championship, a tournament he won last year.

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