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Star golfers speak out on Georgia's new restrictive voting law ahead of the Masters

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 24: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays his shot on the sixth tee in his match against Ian Poulter of England during the first round of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 24, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

With golf's prestigious Masters tournament set to begin at its historic home of Augusta, Georgia, later this week, some of the sport's biggest names have spoken out against the state's new restrictive voting law.

(CNN)With golf's prestigious Masters tournament set to begin at its historic home of Augusta, Georgia, later this week, some of the sport's biggest names have spoken out against the state's new restrictive voting law.

"I have to be respectful and somewhat careful what I say because I'm not a citizen of this country, but I certainly think all great countries and democracies are built on equal voting rights and everyone being able to get to the ballot boxes as easily as possible," four-time major winner Rory McIlroy told reporters on Tuesday.

Collin Morikawa, the 2020 PGA Championship winner, praised the work the PGA does and believes the voting law should be the main focus of conversations this week when the eyes of the world are watching golf.

The Masters, the PGA Tour, we do such a good job and we're trying to help communities out and I think that's our main focus for the week.

"I think that's one of the most important things that we need to look at and start looking at this tournament and this championship as a positive light to the community, positive light to the world and an opportunity to show people the great entertainment that we can provide to the world.

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