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GA stands against racism, sexism

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A proud Australian outfit during the 2019 Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific.

Golf’s changing face has never been more evident, nor more proudly supported.

That’s the message from Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt after some ill-founded comments this week by high-profile coach Hank Haney.

Haney, former coach of Tiger Woods, has since apologised for remarks roundly criticised as sexist and racist on the eve of the US Women’s Open, the banner event on the global LPGA Tour.

“There’s no place in golf for comments that, regardless of their intention, could alienate people from our sport,” Pitt said.

“Golf is a unifying game that brings people together from all walks of life from around the world.

“We are so fortunate, as a sport, to have women and men of the highest calibre who are our elite players. It’s really important that we celebrate our champions and recognise their achievements.

“Golf Australia is very proud of all the women who represent us on tour and I know all other countries will feel the same way.”

There are 156 players from 29 countries competing at this week’s US Women’s Open in South Carolina, with a record prize pool of $US5.5 million and the winner to pocket $US1 million.

The LPGA Tour was similarly united behind its athletes.

“We are proud of the many faces who represent the diverse and global nature of golf,” the LPGA tweeted.

“We celebrate all our athletes for the people they are, the countries from which they come, and the unique stories that each of them have to tell.

“This game is for everyone.”

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