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PGA Tour sets aside the 8.46 am tee to pay tribute to George Floyd

V Krishnaswamy | Updated on June 10, 2020 Published on June 10, 2020

A portrait of George Floyd is seen during a protest against racial inequality in the aftermath of his death in Minneapolis police custody, in New York City.   -  REUTERS

The PGA Tour in its comeback at the Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial and the Korn Ferry Challenge at the TPC Sawgrass at Ponte Vedra, Florida, will pay tribute to George Floyd by setting aside the tee time 8:46 am on each of the four days of the competition. The figure symbolises the amount of time – eight minutes and 46 seconds - that a police officer’s knee was on the neck on George Floyd, who died as a result of the action.

There will be no players teeing off at 8.46 am on either of the events which will bring to an end the nearly three-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The PGA Tour seeks to amplify the voices and efforts underway to end racial and social injustice, and 8:46 has become a universal symbol for the racial prejudice faced by the black community.

The one-minute moment of silence will begin with three horn blasts coordinated through PGA TOUR Rules Officials. Players on site will be asked to pause for reflection as a demonstration of support for the TOUR’s commitment to addressing racial and social injustices.

George Floyd died at the hands of police in Minneapolis on May 25, touching off worldwide protests.

On June 1, PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan addressed the issue through a letter to employees, players and tournaments, and later sat for a conversation with Harold Varner III to further discuss the TOUR’s potential role in the national discussion and solution.

Monahan has also said that while the TOUR doesn’t have all the answers, the organization is going to listen, learn, “demand better” and expects to be held accountable for committing to the solution.

The TOUR is developing a plan to rally around a long-term, focused commitment to address racial justice issues, the details of which will be shared in the weeks to come.

Published on June 10, 2020
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