Trump National Golf Club Bedminster Will Lose 2022 PGA Championship
The PGA is stripping the major away from the departing president's New Jersey venue
In addition to possibly costing him what is left of his presidency to begin 2021, Donald Trump’s role in the events of January 6 that left five people dead has lost his golf club the 2022 PGA Championship.
According to Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch, the PGA of America was planning to announce that the major event will be stripped from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey after the 74-year-old is out of office.
“The odds that ’22′s PGA Championship will happen as scheduled in New Jersey are about as good as the chances of you or I winning it,” Lynch wrote. “Seth Waugh, the PGA of America’s CEO, was a banker and has an alert eye for high-risk exposure. He knows that Trumpism is likely to be an equally incendiary force in the ’22 midterm elections and that any affiliation is poisonous. Waugh will be forced to move the event and face down a small but vocal faction of his membership who remain true believers. Moving its major from Trump National has been debated internally at the PGA for more than two years, but executives have been reluctant to antagonize a famously vindictive man who controls the Internal Revenue Service. Such concerns melt away in 10 days, if not sooner.”
After Lynch’s story began circulating over the weekend, the PGA opted not to wait until Trump is out of office and officially announced on Sunday that Trump Bedminster had lost the major.
“The PGA of America Board of Directors voted tonight to exercise the right to terminate the agreement to play the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster,” said PGA of America president Jim Richerson. “It has become clear that conducting the PGA Championship at Trump Bedminister would be detrimental to the PGA of America brand and would put at risk the PGA’s ability to deliver on many programs and sustain the longevity of our mission.”
Previously in 2015, the PGA canceled the Grand Slam of Golf that was scheduled to be played at the outgoing president’s public golf course in Southern California, citing comments he made about immigrants during his election campaign.
In addition to the New Jersey club, Trump owns numerous other golf courses, including Miami’s Doral Resort and Turnberry on Scotland’s Ayrshire coast.
At this point, it seems tough to see any of the departing president’s courses hosting any PGA Tour events in the near future, if ever again at all. The PGA isn’t the first organization, nor will it likely be the last, that will look to distance itself from Trump as he leaves the Oval Office.
“This is a breach of a binding contract, and they have no right to terminate the agreement,” a spokesperson for The Trump Organization told ABC. “As an organization, we have invested many, many millions of dollars in the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. 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.”
This year’s PGA Championship is scheduled for South Carolina’s Kiawah Island in May. An alternative venue for the 2022 event has not been announced yet.
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