The PGA of America ended its relationship with President Donald Trump on Sunday night when its membership voted to move the 2022 PGA Championship from its planned host site of Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.
Trump Bedminster had been the scheduled host of the event since 2014, but PGA of America president Jim Richerson spoke out this weekend following the President’s incitement of violence ahead of an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
“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 Richerson. “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.”
This is not the first time a major golf organization has distanced itself from Trump. The PGA Tour’s WGC-Cadillac Championship in 2016 moved away from Trump National Doral in Florida and eventually became the WGC-Mexico Championship. The PGA of America’s Grand Slam of Golf also canceled its event at Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles back in 2015 over some of Trump’s statements on immigration.
Trump Bedminster recently hosted the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open, which was won by Sung-hyun Park. Trump showed up to the event as the sitting President. That tournament, put on by the United States Golf Association, was likely seen as a mere precursor to the main event in 2022, the first major championship at a Trump course.
“We have had a beautiful partnership with the PGA of America and are incredibly disappointed with their decision,” a spokesperson for the Trump Organization told ABC. “This is a breach of a binding contract and they have no right to terminate the agreement. As an organization we have invested many, many millions of dollars in the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster.