Organizers of the British Open say they will consider allowing players to wear shorts in practice rounds after this year's tournament.

The European Tour this week voted unanimously in favor of letting its players wear shorts in pro-ams and practice rounds. The new policy took effect immediately, starting at the Abu Dhabi Championship.

The R&A say the conditions of entry have already been set for the 2016 British Open at Royal Troon, but that wearing shorts "is something the championship committee will consider in future."

The R&A says it welcomes "initiatives that ensure golf remains modern and relevant to today's generation of players but we do have to maintain a balance with the traditions of the game."