Cameron Champ makes protest statement at BMW Challenge



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Cameron Champ makes protest statement at BMW Challenge

Cameron Champ is wearing black-and-white shoes on the golf course to make a statement against racial injustice at the BMW Championship, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last week. Champ: "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" Champ, a two-time PGA Tour winner, wore a black shoe on the left foot and a white shoe on the right during the opening round of the penultimate event of the season, with Black Lives Matter - hand-written onto the black shoe in white ink.

His mismatched shoes were in reaction to the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, less than 100 miles from Olympia Fields Country Club. The shocking event has resulted in days of protests and boycotted matches across several major US sports leagues.

Champ also had Blake's surname on his shoe during Wednesday's practice round.

Champ stands up for what he believes in

"It's just spreading awareness and sticking by what I believe in and what I believe needs to be changed," Champ said.

"I'm going to do as much as I can. I've seen a bunch 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. "This is just the tipping of the iceberg. Change needs to happen. I feel like it's going in the right direction, but again, with all the stuff that's going on, it has to end."

The PGA Tour released a statement on Thursday supporting the player-led protests in other sports and backing any golfer to make their own stand against "injustice that remains prevalent" The statement said: "The MLB, MLS, NBA, WNBA and WTA protests are player-led, peaceful, powerful ways to use their respective platforms to bring about the urgent need for change in our country.

"There have been a number of efforts in the past to send a message that the current climate is unacceptable, and these teams, leagues and players now taking this step will help draw further attention to the issues that really matter. The PGA Tour supports them - and any of our own members - standing up for issues they believe in.