PGA Tour announces initiative to help Ukraine | Golf News and Tour Information

PONTE VEDRA BEACH—The PGA Tour on Tuesday announced an industry-wide effort to help Ukraine.

Speaking at the Players Championship, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said the campaign, titled “Golfers for Ukraine”, will be directed towards UNICEF’s work in the country. The tour says it will be a joint initiative involving many of the world’s leading golf organizations and has made a significant donation to begin fundraising.

“Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and those caught in the crosshairs of the conflict. We hope for an end to the senseless violence and a peaceful resolution,” he added. Monahan said. “The The industry is raising donations for UNICEF, a United Nations agency tasked with providing development and development assistance to children affected by this crisis. The PGA TOUR and many others have already made donations, and we encourage support from the wider golf ecosystem.

Monahan also said ribbons in the colors of the Ukrainian flag have been made available for players, caddies and staff to wear this week at TPC Sawgrass.

“The game of golf has an amazing way of rallying behind causes that really matter, and this is one of them,” Monahan said.

A website for the effort reads, “There are no winners here. No victories to be had. And no commercial benefit. We just want to stand up for what we think is right and invite anyone who feels the same to join us.

According to UNICEF, the humanitarian group is trucking clean water to conflict-affected areas, medical supplies to families and providing psychosocial care to traumatized children and children separated from their families.

“Luckily the PGA Tour and some golf industries are working on something to support that, which I think a lot of us could jump on, but hoping they can at least find a way to maneuver it because it’s are a lot of innocent people who shouldn’t be going through this,” Jon Rahm said earlier in the morning.

Prior to Monahan’s statement, players like Rahm and Rory McIlroy commented on the ongoing dispute.

“It’s hard. It’s hard to see, honestly,” Rahm said. I don’t know what’s going on in the head of a human being to do that in this time. I don’t know. I can’t rationalize it in my head, but it happens, and I hope that they may find a solution soon.

“But it’s sad, honestly. It’s really sad. These people in Ukraine right now need help because, through no fault of their own, they’re going through what they’re going through… Nobody should, but – – I’m really at a loss for words every time I think about it because I can I honestly don’t believe it I can’t believe what goes through Putin’s head to do this.

McIlroy added: “I think what is happening in Ukraine is absolutely horrible. I think everyone would agree with that. It’s absolutely brutal. It’s sad. It is heartbreaking to see what is happening to this country, to these people and their families. It’s something I don’t understand. It’s definitely, like my knowledge of the geopolitical stuff is very low, but I just think from a human side of things, it’s just horrible what’s going on.

Millions of people have fled Ukraine following the invasion and unprovoked attacks by Russian forces, with the United Nations calling it one of the worst refugee situations since World War II. Millions more remain unable to get away with assaults killing civilians, and resources and supplies are running dangerously low.

Michael C. Ford