Jon Rahm is trying to nail down a big PGA Tour win at The Players Championship on Sunday, and you’ll notice as he’s doing it that he’s wearing a yellow ribbon on his hat at TPC Sawgrass.
The reason Rahm is wearing a yellow ribbon on his hat, and several other players are also wearing the yellow ribbon, is because Rahm is showing support for the new Play Yellow campaign.
The Play Yellow campaign, announced this week by Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, has the aim of raising $100 million for children’s hospitals over five years. The Nicklaus family has made pediatric health care their biggest cause, including working with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and having their name on pediatric hospitals in the Miami area. One of their many aims is to provide pediatric care, including experimental care, not covered by insurance.
The idea is that golfers can wear yellow while making a donation at the campaign website. The suggested donation is $18, for 18 holes in a golf round, but other contributions are accepted. The Nicklaus family is also encouraging players to wear yellow on the golf course, like Rahm is doing. Nicklaus himself wore yellow shirts in the final round of golf tournaments in honor of Craig Smith, the son of a close friend who was battling bone cancer and passed away in 1971 at the age of 13.
A number of industry groups, including Callaway and TaylorMade, as well the PGA Tour through The Players Championship and its TPC Network, made initial contributions since fundraising began at the outset of 2019.