CHARLOTTE, N.C.- The Wells Fargo Championship opened on a somber note and with green ribbons Thursday.
Dozens of golfers at the PGA Tour event paid tribute to the shooting victims at UNC Charlotte and their families by wearing a small ribbon with the school's colors on their hats for the opening round.
Two students were killed and four others wounded Tuesday when a former Charlotte student opened fire in a campus classroom.
Scotland's Martin Laird was among those wearing a ribbon. They were handed out on the first tee box, where golfers also signed a memorial board. Laird said the shooting hit home with him because he once lived in the Charlotte area for six years.
"It was horrible news to hear," Laird said. "I kind of count myself as kind of a local. I think it's crazy and our thoughts are with everyone affected."
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