Golf's response to George Floyd's death continues as the biggest golfer in the world comments on the violent riots taking place across America.

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Tiger Woods has spoken out about the protests raging across America, calling the death of George Floyd a "shocking tragedy" and appealing for the riots to stop.

His statement was made in the early hours of the morning (UK time) on June 2.

Labelling the death of the unarmed black man a "shocking tragedy" the legendary golfer said:

"My heart goes out to George Floyd, his loved ones and all of us who are hurting right now. I have always had the utmost respect for our law enforcement. They train so diligently to understand how, when and where to use force. This shocking tragedy clearly crossed that line."

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With the protests across America and the UK at the forefront of everyone's minds, the words of arguably the biggest name in the world of golf are hugely significant.

He ended his words with an appeal for the violent riots that have broken out in parts of the country to end:

"We can make our points without burning the very neighbourhoods that we live in. I hope that through constructive, honest conversations we can buid a safer, unified society."

Speaking to Golfweek, Tiger's cousin and LPGA Tour player Cheyenne Woods also opened up about how the tragedy made her feel:

"Just thinking about (George Floyd) again gives me goosebumps and chills. This is a tough reality of what’s going on in our country.

"It’s confusing that it’s still happening. It’s frustrating to see people still defending or not quite understanding why people are so outraged. It’s sad to see and heartbreaking that that is a reality of black America, and to think about the conversations that you have to have with your children about police interactions or how to deal with being in society in general."

You can follow Tiger on Twitter @TigerWoods and Cheyenne at @Cheyenne_Woods.

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