It might have happened sooner, though it has happened before, but US Golf’s relationship with President Donald Trump took a nosedive last night when the PGA Tour of America voted to move the 2022 PGA Championship away from his Trump Dedminster Course in New Jersey.
“It has become clear that conducting the PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster would be detrimental to the PGA of America brand and would put at risk the PGA’s ability to deliver our many programs and sustain the longevity of our mission,” said Jim Richerson, President of the PGA Tour of America on Sunday night.
“Our board has thus made the decision to exercise to terminate the contract to hold the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster. It was a decision made to ensure that the PGA of America and PGA professionals can continue to lead and grow our game for decades to come.”
The course hosted the US Golf Association run US Women’s Open in 2017, an event at which Trump was President.
Next year’s PGA Championship would have been the first Men’s Major tournament to be held at one of his courses.
It is likely that the events of last week were the final straw for a sport which has been associated to trump through his love of playing and his substantial ownership interests in golf resorts around the world.
Doonbeg in County Clare is in the ownership of the Group but has not recently been seen as a contender to host the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.
His Turnberry course in Scotland last hosted the Open Championship in 2009 but has not been considered in recent years despite being recognised by many as the best course in Britain.
The Trump organisation is not noted for a considered reaction when things go against them and a spokesperson told ABC News last night that “This is a breach of a binding contract and they have no right to terminate the agreement. As an organisation, 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.”
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