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Rory McIlroy, and his caddie walk off the seventh green during practice for the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas

Rory McIlroy, and his caddie walk off the seventh green during practice for the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas

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Rory McIlroy, and his caddie walk off the seventh green during practice for the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas

Rory McIlroy has backed an "amazing" drive to bring an end to racism.

The world number one golfer was speaking on the eve of the PGA Tour's return to action and in the wake of global protests following the death of George Floyd.

"I think everyone can be a bit more tolerant, a little more educated and not as ignorant," he said.

"My hero growing up was Tiger Woods. Tiger doesn't look the same as me and had a very different upbringing to the one I had but he was my hero. It didn't matter what colour his skin was or what his beliefs were, Tiger was my hero.

"We've been very lucky to have him in our game and I think there should be more people like him in golf."

A minute's silence will be held at this week's PGA Tour event, the Charles Schwab Challenge, at 8.46am, to mark the length of time - eight minutes and 46 seconds - that a police officer's knee was held on George Floyd's neck.