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PGA cancels plans to play 2022 championship at Trump golf course

Trump National Bedminster, following a vote on Sunday by the PGA of America Board of Directors, will no longer serve as host for the 2022 PGA Championship.

PGA of America president Jim Richerson said in a video that the board had exercised its right to “terminate the contract to hold the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster.”

In doing so, the organization became the latest to dissociate itself from President Donald Trump in the days following riots at the Capitol, which came as Congress was certifying votes from the 2020 presidential election.

Richerson said the decision came with the 105-year-old PGA of America’s future in mind.

“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,” he said. “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 game for decades to come.”

The PGA had originally agreed to host the tournament at Trump Bedminster in 2014, before the president’s campaign had begun in earnest. In 2015, the organization canceled the PGA Grand Slam of Golf slated for Trump National Los Angeles.

Bedminster last served as major championship host for the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open, which President Trump attended in person. Following the PGA’s vote, there are no major championships currently scheduled for Trump properties.

“We find ourselves in a political situation not of our making,” Seth Waugh, the PGA CEO, told the Associated Press. “We’re fiduciaries for our members, for the game, for our mission and for our brand. And how do we best protect that? Our feeling was given the tragic events of Wednesday that we could no longer hold it at Bedminster. The damage could have been irreparable. The only real course of action was to leave.”

Golf Channel aired the response from the Trump Organization, which reads as follows:

“We have had a beautiful partnership with the PGA of America and are incredibly disappointed with their decision. 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. 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.”

Potential replacement venues for the tournament, according to GOLF’s Alan Shipnuck, include Southern Hills in Oklahoma, Liberty National in New Jersey, and Shoal Creek in Alabama.

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23 thoughts on “PGA cancels plans to play 2022 championship at Trump golf course

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    Gutless PGA. Political cowards are you. Are you also supporters of antifa and blm? That’s who caused damage in DC last week. PGA sucks.

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      Words matter and they have consequences. So if I disagree with you Tom are you going to beat me up?

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      100 % with the PGA in there intellectual decision. Anything with Trumps name on it is worth no more than dirt !!

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      I AGREE. I’m done with PGA

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      Brad calls it an intellectual decision yet he doesn’t know there from their or they’re and doesn’t know how to use an apostrophe. Yeah, dude, you’re such an intellectual.

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    I agree with Tom! That’s ridiculous and very disappointing. bring Gary McCord back to announcing and stop with the noisy airplanes overhead all the time! They drown out the announcers and I have to mute the TV

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    PGA has just lost me on any and all TV coverage. Didn’t 2 CA Congresswomen say Get In Their Face. Resist, Resist & Resist!! People do what they do. Destruction of any property or to persons are unacceptable and should face the consequences of their actions. But this may be a one way street.

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    I agree with Tom as well! What’s next, are you gonna round up all Trumpers and ban them from playing golf after you stifle our free speech??

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    I find it so ridiculous and sad that everything in this country as become political. Even golf, can not serve the public without politics. Shame on what is happened and happening in the USA.

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    Take a hint from the ratings drop of NFL and NBA and stay the hell out of politics. This decision is ridiculous.

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    I agree with Tony, I think it is very brave of the PGA to do the right thing !

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    Tony and Joe are spot on. The actions of our soon to be former President do not warrant the right to host the 2022 PGA Championship!

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    I think they should still have the tournament at Bedminster and tie down Trump on the first tee, put a tee in his mouth and have everyone tee off from the tee in his big mouth.

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    PGA of America president Jim Richerson made the announcement with his head between his legs, bending over and letting the PC Police ram it home. Gutless cowards. I have abandoned all the PC and totally BS Pro Sports Leagues. Now adding the PGA to my list. A BIG “FU”  to all of we decades long loyal fans and I have no desire to associate or patronize this organization in the brave new world.  Have fun…..

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    The PGA did the right thing when they cancelled. 2022 is an election year and there is no way to know what Donald Trump would do to get attention. There are many great golf courses that can host the event.

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    The PGA ‘s new name is POLITICAL GOOFBALLS ASSHOLES !!! It is sad , but I will no longer support them or go to ANY events of theirs until the idiots running it stick to the real game and stay out of politics !!!!!! I will no longer watch or listen to any type of coverage they do. STICK TO THE GOLF WORLD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate to think of what your administration people will do next !!??

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    There’s a very accurate term for this. Get woke go broke. The reason golf got its highest ratings this year was because the commentary stayed neutral. Picking the never Trump side could get expensive.

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    Well I guess I given my last $ to the PGA

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    I’ve marshalled at many PGA Tour events over the years. I won’t volunteer again. Spineless people like that need to be booted from the ranks.

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    NFL/NBA now golf. Guess I can get started on a new hobby. PGA sucks.

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    Kudos to the PGA for doing the right thing. No tournament should be at any course that has naming rights in it. There’s the real sellout in golf right there.

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    Not so Mr Waugh. Your from the good old boys network. Your following your former employers decision(Deutsche Bank) not to lend any monies to any Trump organizations. Pitiful. Cowardly. Unamerican!

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