The PGA Tour acknowledged the controversy surrounding Georgia’s recently passed laws, saying its intention to hold the Tour Championship in Atlanta “should not be construed as indifference to the current national conversation around voting rights.”
“The PGA TOUR fully supports efforts to protect the right of all Americans to vote and to eliminate any barriers that may prevent citizens’ voices from being heard and counted,” according to the statement. “It is the foundation of our great country and a critical national priority to listen to the concerns about voter suppression — especially from communities of color that have been marginalized in the past — and work together to make voting easier for all citizens.”
“In Georgia, this commitment has resulted in more than $38 million generated for local charitable organizations since the TOUR Championship — our season-ending event — moved to Atlanta in 1998,” the PGA Tour said. “The TOUR Championship’s commitment to East Lake has helped our partners transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and thriving ones, which is a key to ending the cycle of intergenerational poverty.”
The Masters is run by officials of the private golf club in Augusta. They have not responded to CNN’s requests for comment.