The PGA Tour was rocked to its foundations yesterday after it emerged that eight cases of racist abuse were confirmed at last weeks Transitions Championship.  The offences were all directed at Jim Furyk’s extremely white head.

cc_Jim_Furyk_Golf__1219103sFuryk’s head was exposed momentarily as he removed his cap to shake hands with fellow competitors after he completed his final round at Innisbrook sparking a deluge of racist slurs from nearby spectators.

Most of the chants were so shocking as to unrepeatable.  Others included “Chalk The Cue Ball, Chalk Chalk the Cue Ball”  “Who Switched on The 5 Hour Bulb?” and “We want Fester’s sunblock,  We want Fester’s sunblock, na na na na, na na na na. What is it? Factor A Zillion?”

PGA Tour boss Tim Finchem said today "We’re all shocked at these eight cases of racism levelled at Jim Furyk.  I can understand one, or maybe two racially sensitive comments based on the fact that Jim’s head looks like an untanned tit after a week in Barbados, but eight is unacceptable.

Finchem went to describe as “worrying” a report that two African American golf fans “ran in the completely opposite direction” when Furyk approached to sign autographs. 

"We can only hope that we don’t encounter more prejudice based on the colour of a man’s skin this week at the Arnold Palmer invitational” Finchem said.  “I think if we could keep the number down to three quality incidents of racism it will be a huge success”.

More as it emerges.

 

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