“It’s just spreading awareness and sticking by what I believe in and what I believe needs to be changed,” Champ said. “I’ve seen a lot of other athletes speak out about it. It’s a situation where people don’t want to talk about it, which I get, but at the same time it’s reality. It’s what we live in. People ignore it for so long, and then it gets to a point where it just blows up. And this is just the tipping of the iceberg. Change needs to happen.”
Champ earned his second career PGA Tour victory earlier this season at the Safeway Open and enters this week at No. 25 in points, inside the top-30 number needed to advance to the season-ending Tour Championship. He’ll begin the opening round at 1:58 p.m. ET alongside Viktor Hovland and Kevin Kisner.via Golf Channel
Racial injustice has been a part of our society since the beginning of this country. Equality is not only guaranteed by law, but by basic human rights. Still, we see issues all across the country popping up. We have seen so many sports stars begin to speak out, whether Lebron James, Richard Sherman, and Jackie Bradley Jr. leading the way in their respective sports.
Now, we have seen it in golf. Cameron Champ is one of the only bi-racial players on tour, and has decided to speak out against what he has seen in the news.
I give Cameron Champ all of the credit in the world for this. For far too long, golf has been seen as an older, whiter, richer sport. Having diverse voices like Cameron Champ, Harold Varner III, Tiger Woods, Colin Morikawa and others will help the PGA continue to grow in their race relations front. Overall, golf will continue to evolve if it listens to differeing voices, and will help to grow the game in communities that feel unwelcomed in the game today.