PGA cancels agreement to hold tourney at Donald Trumps golf club

Tanya Simon
January 13, 2021

Several golf stars have also retaced their support and have hinted on never playing with the tainted President again. The rioters sought to overturn the 2020 election, which President Donald Trump lost.

The late-night news came just days after a mob of President Donald Trump's supporters clashed with police, broke into the United States Capitol and swept through the halls of Congress, ultimately leading to the deaths of five people, including a Capitol police officer.

The US Golf Association has made a decision to stop using the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster as the venue for the PGA Championship in 2022. But they have never hosted one of golf's four men's major championships.

Trump has always been known to desire a men's major be held at one of his 15 golf properties, and he looked set to achieve that aim with the 2022 PGA Championship, generally considered the least prestigious major. The golf course in Bedminster, N.J.is just one of 19 golf courses owned by Trump, per The Sun.

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It cancelled the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in 2015 at Trump National Los Angeles Golf Club after Trump's disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants when he announced he was seeking the Republican nomination for president.

In contrast, Bill Belichick, coach of National Football League side the New England Patriots, rejected the same honor after the riot, despite having previously spoken of his friendship with Mr Trump, citing the US Capitol scenes. The PGA Championship is always held in May, after the Masters and before the US Open and Open Championship. "The day that I did spend with him and others was very enjoyable". "We will not return until we are convinced that the focus will be on the championship, the players and the course itself and we do not believe that is achievable in the current circumstances".

This is not the first time the PGA have been confronted with a hard decision.

Turnberry has hosted the British Open four times, including in 2009, but has not been included on the rota of courses for the championship since Trump bought the property in 2014.

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