PGA Tour’s iconic multiracial champion writes that ‘education is best path forward’ in effort to ‘build a safer, unified society’
Joined: Tiger Woods, to a small but growing chorus of voices within the golf community who have expressed their opinions amid the civil unrest of the past week in the U.S. “My heart goes out to George Floyd, his loved ones and all of us who are hurting right now,” Woods tweeted in response to the black man whose videotaped death May 25 at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer prompted protests and rioting across America. “I have always had the utmost respect for our law enforcement," Woods wrote. "They train so diligently to understand how, when and where to use force. This shocking tragedy clearly crossed that line. I remember the LA riots and learned that education is the best path forward. We can make our points without burning the very neighborhoods that we live in. I hope that through constructive, honest conversations, we can build a safer, unified society.” Woods lists his heritage as white, black, American Indian and Asian. Woods, 44, whose 82 victories is tied for the all-time lead on the PGA Tour, has been golf’s biggest figurehead of the past quarter century. With his victory in the 1997 Masters, Woods became the first black golfer to win a major championship. His response followed recent remarks on Twitter from Harold Varner III, one of only a handful of black players on the PGA Tour, and from the LPGA. Morning Read founder and publisher Alex Miceli, in his weekly "One Take" video, called for the golf community to "take a stand."
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