The PGA Tour season is getting back underway this week at the Charles Schwab Challenge after a nearly three-month hiatus due to the pandemic. While there will be plenty of attention on the golf world this weekend, it goes without saying that there are larger, more important things happening around the United States at the moment.
As part of its ongoing efforts to end racial and social injustice, the Tour announced that it has set aside an 8:46 AM tee time that will not feature any players. Eight minutes, 46 seconds is the length of time prosecutors say George Floyd was pinned to the ground under a Minneapolis police officer’s knee before he died last week.
During the 8:46 time slot, things will be put on pause during each round for a moment of silence, prayer and inclusion. The same will happen at the Korn Ferry Tour Challenge at TPC Sawgrass this week.
(2/2) We will pause at 8:46 a.m. during each round for a moment of silence, prayer and reflection.
— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) June 9, 2020
The moment of silence will take place for one minute with players on-site asked to pause for reflection.
On June 1, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan penned a letter serving as the first public reaction to the death of Floyd titled ‘A time to communicate and search for answers.’ Monahan also sat down with Harold Varner III for an open, honest conversation which the Tour posted on Twitter and Periscope on June 5.