PGA Tour To Hold Minute Silences For George Floyd

The PGA Tour will honour George Floyd and the fight against racism with four minute silences during this week's event

PGA Tour To Hold Minute Silences For George Floyd
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The PGA Tour will honour George Floyd and the fight against racism with four minute silences during this week's event

PGA Tour To Hold Minute Silences For George Floyd

The PGA Tour is to show its respects to George Floyd with four one minute silences during the four rounds at this week's Charles Schwab Challenge.

The tour will leave the 8.46am tee time free to mark the 8 minutes and 46 seconds that authorities said George Floyd was pinned down to the floor by the Minneapolis police officer.

Three horns will sound at 8.46am each morning with players on and off course asked to observe a minute's silence.

''It has quickly become a universal symbol for the racial injustice faced by the black community,'' the PGA Tour notified players with a memo.

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PGA Tour Commisioner Jay Monahan wrote to players last week to express that the minute silences will be "an effort to amplify the voices and efforts underway to end systemic issues of racial and social injustices impacting our country.''

Harold Varner III is one of just four players with black heritage on the PGA Tour and he had a discussion with Jay Monahan last week.

''I think there will be discussion. I think some will forget about it. I think so many people will move on,'' Varner told the Associated Press.

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''But the conversation I had with Jay when we weren't being recorded, I think this week won't be the last week.

''I'm just super fortunate to be able to say something and it matter, but also be a part of the change.

''Everyone in this society right now is going to be a part of that.''

Tiger Woods last week released a statement saying that he hopes that "through constructive, honest conversations we can build a safer, unified society."

The PGA Tour returns this week after a three-month break due to the global Coronavirus pandemic.

The Charles Schwab Challenge features all of the world's top five players and 16 of the world's top 20.

The world's top three players - McIlroy, Rahm and Koepka - will play the first two rounds together in a featured group.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV