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."

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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
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Honma TR20B

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x