PGA Championship pulled from Trump course: PGA of America

Tanya Simon
January 11, 2021

THE PGA OF America has voted to move the PGA Championship away from the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.

The PGA Championship in 2022 won't be held at Trump Bedminster in New Jersey after the PGA of America terminated the contract following last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol. It would put at risk the PGA's ability to deliver our many programmes and sustain the longevity of our mission.

This is a developing story.

Donald Trump is running out of pastimes as the PGA is joining Twitter and numerous other companies to cut ties with the President.

NJ.com is reporting that the PGA of America plans to relocate the tournament elsewhere as part of a move by the sport to distance itself from Trump. "The only real course of action was to leave". However in 2015, the Royal & Ancient, the governing body for golf, reportedly ruled out any chance of Turnberry staging the 2020 Open following racist remarks made by Trump during his presidential campaign. The event was cancelled for good the following spring.

Bedminster, located in New Jersey, had been awarded the tournament in 2012, before Trump's run for the presidency.

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"Our decision wasn't about speed and timing", Waugh told the AP.

In response, the Trump Organization released a statement saying they had always enjoyed a "beautiful partnership with the PGA" and were "incredibly disappointed with [the PGA's] decision".

"This is a breach of a binding contract and they have no right to terminate the agreement".

PGA struck a deal with Trump National in 2014 to hold the championship there in 2022, according to The Associated Press. Trump's repeated false claims of election fraud, and his incendiary address to protesters prior to the attack on the Capitol have prompted critics to call for his resignation, his impeachment, or his removal from office as unfit under the Constitution's 25th amendment. It had a willing sponsor in Grupo Salinas, a Mexican conglomerate, which has staged the WGC-Mexico Championship since 2017.

Trump also owns Turnberry in Scotland, one of the most picturesque links in the British Open rotation most famous for the "Duel in Sun" between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in 1977, and most recently Stewart Cink beating a 59-year-old Watson in 2009.

This year's PGA Championship is scheduled for South Carolina's Kiawah Island in May.

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