After the PGA of America terminated its contract to host the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Bedminster, the R&A followed suit Monday morning by distancing itself from President Trump following the attack on the Capitol.
In a brief statement, R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said he would not be returning The Open to Trump-owned Turnberry “for the foreseeable future.”
“We won’t be coming back until we are convinced that the focus is on the championship, the players and the course itself,” Slumbers said, “and we don’t think that’s feasible under the current circumstances. . ”
Turnberry hasn’t hosted an Open since 2009, when Stewart Cink beat Tom Watson in the playoffs. Trump bought the property in 2014 but has yet to win the Men’s Open. The AIG Women’s Open was held there in 2015, an event overshadowed by the presence of the then presidential hopeful who said of his appearance there: “Everyone asked me to be here. The world asked me to be here.
On the men’s side, Turnberry had effectively been excluded from the open rotation, with R&A officials answering questions each year about the status of the Legendary Links. On Monday, Slumbers said they had “no plans” to host any of their championships in Turnberry and “won’t do so for the foreseeable future.”
The R&A has locked the next four open rooms, with Royal St. George’s (2021), St. Andrews (2022), Royal Liverpool (2023) and Royal Troon (2024) on the schedule.