The Washington Post
The PGA of America announces that it will not hold the 2022 PGA Championship at President Trump’s club.
The organizers of the PGA Championship canceled plans to hold the event at President Trump’s Bedminster, N. J., golf club in 2022 in the wake of last week’s Trump-inspired riot at the U.S. Capitol.
In a statement that did not directly address the unrest in the nation’s capital, Jim Richerson, PGA of America’s president, said the group’s board voted Sunday night to “exercise the right to terminate the agreement” with Trump’s course.
“It’s 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,” Richerson said in a video posted to the organization’s website. “Our board has thus made the decision to exercise our right to terminate the contract to hold the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster.
“It was a decision made to ensure the PGA of America and the PGA professionals can continue to lead and grow our great game for decades to come.”
The PGA Championship is one of the four majors in men’s golf, and therefore it was scheduled to be the most prestigious event ever held at a Trump property. His New Jersey course hosted the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open, and his course in Loudoun County, Va., hosted the Senior PGA Championship that same summer.
Since Trump supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, PGA of America spokespeople had not responded to questions about the organization’s intentions about the 2022 PGA. The group made no announcement about a replacement venue.
The PGA of America’s decision came at a moment when some of Trump’s most stalwart allies — in politics and in business — were deserting him. The world of bigtime golf had remained loyal to Trump through almost all of his presidency; the sport’s stars made appearances at his clubs, and golf legends visited the White House to receive presidential awards.
But on Sunday, days after Trump incited a riot that left a police officer and four others dead, it appeared that even the world of pro golf wanted to distance itself.
The White House and the Trump Organization did not immediately comment.
Trump still owns his business, though he says his adult sons have been running it while he is in office.
Trump has awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, to four golf pros. The most recent time was the day after the Capitol breach, when Trump gave medals to golfers Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player in a closed-door ceremony and gave a posthumous award to golf legend Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
The 2022 PGA Championship was supposed to be the high point of Trump’s relationship with the game, bringing one of golf ’s most high-profile events to a course that Trump treats as a second home. The PGA awarded this tournament to him in 2014.
In recent days, however, the PGA had come under increasing pressure to cut ties with Trump. Steve Schmidt of the Lincoln Project, an anti-trump political group, tweeted that the PGA should move the tournament — seemingly promising political attacks if it did not.
“We have a long list. It’s best to stay off of it,” Schmidt wrote on Twitter.