PGA Players Help Oklahoma Relief Effort
Members of the PGA Tour and this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth will join forces to raise money for the relief efforts for Oklahoma.
"It's time to help," said Mahan, a winner of five Tour titles who went to Oklahoma State and lives in the Dallas area. Recently, he has had brushes with tornado warnings and high winds at his home. In college, he frequently had to adhere to tornado warnings. But he counts himself among the fortunate who never have had direct impact with the destructive force.
"When you see actual devastation, it is mind blowing. It's heartbreaking to see it," Mahan said. "It's amazing to see what Mother Nature can do. She shows no mercy, and you have to respect her power."
Rickie Fowler is another high profile golfer putting his money where his mouth is. Fowler is encouraging fans attending the Colonial to contribute to relief efforts and will match the first $100,000 raised.
Fowler who went to college in the state said, "It's a great part of the country, and it's always going to be a part of who I am". "I definitely know friends that knew people around there. But once you have been in Oklahoma and it's a part of you, you feel like you're part of the whole state."
Over the coming days there will be donation stations around the golf course for fans to donate directly to the American Red Cross. Fans who donate will be given red ribbons to wear in support. Sunday, fans and players are encouraged to wear red to show consolidated support for those affected by the storms.
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