AUGUSTA, Ga. — The PGA Tour and the PGA of America on Saturday every issued statements in response to Georgia’s controversial new voting legal guidelines, with the Tour saying it is not going to transfer its season-ending occasion to be performed within the state in August.
The Masters Event, which begins this week at Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership, is predicted to deal with the matter Wednesday when chairman Fred Ridley holds his annual pretournament information convention.
The PGA Tour’s season-ending FedEx Cup playoff occasion, the Tour Championship, is performed yearly at East Lake Golf Membership in Atlanta. The PGA of America runs the KPMG Ladies’s PGA Championship, scheduled for June at Atlanta Athletic Membership.
Citing its monetary dedication to the local people and varied charities, the PGA Tour mentioned it will not transfer the Tour Championship.
“The Tour Championship’s dedication to East Lake has helped our companions remodel distressed neighborhoods into wholesome and thriving ones, which is a key to ending the cycle of intergenerational poverty,” the PGA Tour mentioned in its assertion. “The charitable and financial advantages which have led to those substantial adjustments wouldn’t proceed if we merely walked away from these in want.”
The PGA Tour added, nonetheless, that “our intention to stage an occasion in a specific market shouldn’t be construed as indifference to the present dialog round voting rights.”
“The PGA Tour absolutely helps efforts to guard the best of all People to vote and to get rid of any boundaries that will forestall residents’ voices from being heard and counted,” the assertion mentioned. “It’s the basis of our nice nation and a important nationwide precedence to take heed to the considerations about voter suppression — particularly from communities of coloration which have been marginalized prior to now — and work collectively to make voting simpler for all residents.”
The PGA of America, in its assertion Saturday, mentioned: “The KPMG Ladies’s PGA Championship is a partnership between three organizations dedicated to variety, fairness and inclusion: PGA of America, LPGA and KPMG. Like many entities, we’re monitoring developments associated to the brand new state laws on voting entry. We imagine elections needs to be accessible, truthful and safe, and assist broad voter participation.”
Main League Baseball on Friday mentioned it will be transferring this summer time’s All-Star Recreation from Atlanta in response to the state’s adjustments to voting.
The PGA Tour additionally levels an occasion at Sea Island, Georgia, later within the 12 months.