Unheralded Dutchman leads as European Tour permits shorts for first time

Dutch golfer Wil Besseling fired a 65 Thursday for a one-shot opening round lead in the Alfred Dunhill Championship, the…

Dutch golfer Wil Besseling fired a 65 Thursday for a one-shot opening round lead in the Alfred Dunhill Championship, the first European Tour tournament to allow competitors to wear shorts.

The temporary dress code change, giving players a choice of trousers or shorts for the event in South Africa, was agreed as temperatures soared to 39 degrees celsius (102.2 fahrenheit).

South African Keith Horne, Garrick Porteous of England and Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal shared second place on 66 at the Leopard Creek Country Club in the northeast of the republic.

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