Thursday, 21 January, 2021


Riot fallout: Top golf tourneys pull out of Trump courses

PGA Championship 2022 No Longer on Trump's Golf Course After Storming Capitol Hill | NOW PGA says Trump-owned golf club will no longer host 2022 PGA Championship
Noah Ferguson | 13 January, 2021, 02:47

"It became clear to us that our brand was at stake", PGA of America chief executive officer Seth Waugh told local gold channels.

"Our board has thus made the decision to exercise our right to terminate the contract to hold the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster", he continued.

The PGA of America had chose to withdraw the PGA 2022 Championship from its Bedminster Golf Club, and according to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, her reaction to the move was of an "order of magnitude different" from what Congress had in store for him.

"Right now in the country nearly anybody views any decision being made as political", PGA of America president Jim Richerson said. "We're fiduciaries for our members, for the game, for our mission and for our brand".

The Trump Organization said in a statement its groups have "a handsome partnership with the PGA of America and are incredibly disappointed with their decision". "In view of the tragic events of last Wednesday, we believe we can no longer use Bedminster as a location".

In additon to this, the PGA of America has also cancelled plans of hosting the 2022 PGA Championship at the Trump National at Bedminster, New Jersey, USA claiming associating with Trump would be bad for the organisation's reputation, especially after the Capitol riots and the impending impeachment of the outgoing President. The damage could have been irreparable.

This is not the first time the PGA have been confronted with a hard decision. "We will continue to promote the game of golf on every level and remain focused on operating the finest golf courses anywhere in the world".

These moves are an effort for major golf organizations and tournaments to distance themselves from Trump. "I probably wouldn't, no", said Rory McIlroy, a professional golfer.

On Monday morning, the R&A announced it had no plans to host a British Open at Trump Turnberry in Scotland.

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