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Kirk Triplett has become the first player on a PGA Tour-sanctioned circuit to openly support the Black Lives Matter movement by displaying its logo on a golf bag or clothing.

Triplett, 58, has added the pressure group’s logo to the front of his golf bag ahead of this week’s Bridgestone Senior Players Championship, the first over-50’s major of the season. 

The three-time PGA Tour winner and his wife Cathi have an 18-year-old adopted son called Kobe who is African-American. 

Triplett explained that he made the decision to demonstrate his support for Black Lives Matter after having some difficult conversations with his son in the wake of recent race-related incidents in the USA.

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“This seems like a good venue where this message maybe doesn’t get spread as much, right?” said Triplett. “Golf’s a very insulated game. For me, personally, I was affected more this time and it seemed like a natural thing, with having an African-American son in the house and having to have these conversations. 

“That’s a conversation that I think for people around golf just doesn’t hit home.”

He added: “It doesn’t just have to come from the African-American side. It needs to come from all sides, hence the sticker.”

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Triplett will get his bid for a ninth senior title and a first major underway at Firestone Country Club on Thursday in the company of Jeff Maggert and Angel Cabrera.


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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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