George Floyd: PGA Tour in honor of Black American who has died in custody

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The 18th green at Colonial Country Club Charles Schwab Challenge – return of the PGA Tour Dates: June 11-14 Location: Fort Worth, Texas Coverage: BBC Sport will be broadcast live all four days with BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra commentary and text updates on the BBC Sport website

During each round of this week's PGA Tour event in Texas, a minute of silence is held in honor of George Floyd, a black American man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck.

Silence is observed at 08:46 (14:46 BST), with the tee released, as eight minutes and 46 seconds is the time Floyd was filmed under the officer's knee.

The PGA Tour said it was "strengthening the voices and efforts to end the systemic problems of racial and social injustice affecting our country."

Floyd's funeral took place Tuesday in Houston, Texas. His death sparked protests in many major cities across the United States and around the world in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

No players arrive at 08:46 on the first tee and those already out about the course will be asked to "pause for reflection as a show of support for the Tour's commitment to racial and social tackle injustices ".

The Charles Schwab Challenge kicks off on Thursday, June 11, and is the first PGA Tour event since the coronavirus pandemic ended the Players Championship after one round on March 12.

It is the first of five tournaments played without spectators.

The top three in the world, Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland, Jon Rahm from Spain and the American Brooks Koepka, were brought together for the first two days.

They will turn down at 7:06 PM BST on Thursday and you can follow their progress with commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and text updates via the BBC Sport website.

The elite field includes 15 of the world's top 20 with notable absenteeist 15-time winner Tiger Woods, who continues to keep his game in shape after recovering from back problems, and Tommy Fleetwood from England , who chose not to travel because of concerns about quarantine regulations.

World number four Justin Thomas accepts the "atmosphere will certainly be different" without fans.

And he says it is going to be "weird" again to play. & # 39; You will definitely see a wide variety of scores, not only because of the golf course, but also to see who put their time to good use & # 39; said the American.

"I sometimes feel rusty after two, three weeks, let alone four months.

" It gets weird for everyone, so hopefully I'm going to try to get back there like this as soon as possible. "

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