PGA cancels agreement to hold tourney at Donald Trumps golf club

PGA Championship 2022 No Longer on Trump's Golf Course After Storming Capitol Hill | NOW

Golf is a predominantly white sport and, with icons such as Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and John Daly being vocal supporters of Trump, is also one of the most conservative of the major American sports. The rioters sought to overturn the 2020 election, which President Donald Trump lost.

At 10:01 p.m. ET on Sunday night, the PGA of America made the announcement that the 2022 PGA Championship would no longer be hosted at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

But the PGA has pulled its event from the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, citing the riots at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, which left five people dead, including a federal police officer. Five people were killed in the unrest, including a police officer.

Golf has often appeared tone deaf when it comes to politics, something that was underlined once again when Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump just a day after the riots at the Capitol. The North Carolina native is now 565th in the Official World Golf Ranking and has made just two cuts in his last ten starts. Those comments included referring to Mexicans as "criminals" and "rapists".

But Trump was angrier at another weekend news flash.

The R&A effectively confirmed that it won't ever host the Open at Turnberry while Trump's name is above the door, issuing a statement that while it did not use Trump's name, made very clear that it was about him. The PGA Championship is always held in May, after the Masters and before the US Open and Open Championship.

After losing out to Royal St. George's, Trump is said to have tried again to secure the British Open for Turnberry, in 2018 reportedly pushing Woody Johnson, the USA ambassador to the United Kingdom, to lobby the British government to bring the tournament to Trump's resort in the near future.

Bedminster Mayor Lawrence Jacobs said the decision "is not a surprise to me".



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