Rory McIlroy wants more racial diversity in golf

Rory McIlroy wants to see golf change and become more racially diverse, following the protests in the United States.

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Thu, 11 Jun 2020
Rory McIlroy wants more racial diversity in golf

Rory McIlroy returns to action on the PGA Tour today at the Charles Schwab Challenge, hoping to pick up where he left off following his epic form before the tour came to a halt due to the coronavirus.

Speaking to the media ahead of the event, the World No.1 was asked about the current situation in the United States, where protests have flooded the country in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign.

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McIlroy reflected on idolising Tiger Woods when he was younger and said that he hopes more people of colour can break the barrier and join the PGA Tour.

“Tiger doesn’t look the same as me, has had a very different upbringing to the one that I have had, but he was my hero growing up,” McIlroy told the media at Colonial Country Club on Wednesday night.

“It didn’t matter what colour his skin was, what his beliefs were. Tiger was my hero, and he’s been a lot of kids’ heroes over the years.

“We’ve been very lucky to have him in our game. I think that there should be more people like him in golf.”

McIlroy said change needs to happen to improve racial diversity in golf, but it requires the support and help from everyone in the sport.

“It’s about everyone in the game of golf,” he said.

“There’s so many people that are involved with the game, and as long as we continue to give people from different backgrounds opportunities to be in golf, that can only be a good thing.

“I think people have learned a lot over the last few weeks, and, hopefully, we’ll see things change as time goes on.”

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