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The PGA Tour has announced that it will support any player who decides to protest against social and racial injustice, following similar recent action in other US-based sports.

The NBA postponed three basketball play-off matches on Wednesday after the Milwaukee Bucks called off their fixture following the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Blake, a black man, was shot seven times in the back by police near Milwaukee on Sunday, leading to widespread protests across the US.

Three baseball games were called off after teams decided not to play, with five MLS matches also having been postponed. Tennis ace Naomi Osaka also withdrew from a WTA match in protest at the shooting. 

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The second of the FedEx Cup Playoff events, the BMW Championship, gets underway in Illinois today. It’s not yet clear if any players intend to withdraw in solidarity with the protests but, if they do, they will have the full supoport of the tour.

In a statement, the tour said: “The MLB, MLS, NBA, WNBA and WTA protests are player-led, peaceful, powerful ways to use their respective platforms to bring about the urgent need for change in our country. 

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“There have been a number of efforts in the past to send a message that the current climate is unacceptable, and these teams, leagues and players now taking this step will help draw further attention to the issues that really matter. The PGA Tour supports them – and any of our own members – standing up for issues they believe in.

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“The PGA Tour made a pledge over the summer to be part of the solution, and we have been actively working to make deeper and more specific commitments to racial equity and inclusion in the communities where we play, as well as supporting national organisations within this movement that we had not previously engaged with. However, we understand that now is not the appropriate time to highlight our programs and policies, but rather to express our outrage at the injustice that remains prevalent in our country.

“Sports have always had the power to inspire and unify, and we remain hopeful that together, we will achieve change.”

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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