Tiger Woods Affirms His Support for Black Lives Matter in Preparation for His Return to Competing in PGA Tour
As Tiger Woods prepares to make his return to competitive golf in the PGA Tour after an absence of five months, he has vowed his support for the Black Lives Matter movement in a press conference ahead of The Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.
The 15-time Major champion, who last played at the Genesis Invitational in February, is looking to make a lasting impression with his return, affirming that changes made through this movement for a better, more equal society is “fantastic”.
“I think change is fantastic. As long as we make changes without hurting the innocent – and unfortunately, that has happened, hopefully, it doesn’t happen in the future – but a movement and change is fantastic. That’s how society develops, that’s how we grow, that’s how we move forward, that’s how we have fairness. Unfortunately, we’ve lost innocent lives along the way, and hopefully, we don’t lose any more in the future as we move to a much better place socially.”
Woods also commented on the prospect of competing without competition at the Memorial tournament, citing an odd yet important adjustment to be made about not having fans around. He also expressed his admiration for the PGA Tour for their safety measures in ensuring the returns of the competition safely.
“I’m used to having so many people around me or even touch me, going from green to tee. That’s something that I looked at and said, ‘Well, I’m really not quite comfortable with that, that whole idea. Let’s see how it plays out first and let’s see how the TOUR has played out, how they’ve started, and I feel that I’m comfortable enough to come back out here and play again, and I’m excited to do it.”
The Memorial Tournament will be featuring some of the biggest names in the sport, including Woods’ fellow major winners such as Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, and Sergio Garcia.
Woods will be taking his unique chance of using his own platform to speak out for what he believes in, as he returns to the green with the intention of pursuing even more wins in the PGA Tour.
- Tiger Woods expressed his support for the Black Lives Matter movement in a press conference prior to his return to competitive golf in the PGA Tour.
- Competing without spectators is an adjustment for Woods, who looks to return to the green with the intention of pursuing even more wins in the PGA Tour.
- The Memorial Tournament will feature other major winners such as Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, and Sergio Garcia.