As the beleaguered president has been curled up in an attempt to preserve his political career, the PGA of America, owners of one of the four major championship golf tournaments, have announced plans to move their 2022 PGA Championship to the Trump National Golf Club. in Bedminster. , NJ
“The PGA of America Board of Directors voted tonight to exercise the right to terminate the agreement to play the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster,” said Jim Richerson, President of the PGA of America, in a statement.
“We have had a great partnership with the PGA of America and we are incredibly disappointed with their decision,” said a spokesperson for the Trump organization. “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 at all levels and remain focused on operating the best golf courses in the world. ”
Trump is passionate about golf, and the Trump organization owns or operates 17 golf courses around the world, with three more slated to open in Dubai and Indonesia. Before taking office, Trump told his supporters he was “going to work for you,” so he “wouldn’t have time to play golf” – but he mixed politics with golf throughout. his tenure in the White House. .
According to Trump Golf Count, a website that tracks President Trump’s golf outings, Trump made about 300 day visits to golf clubs during his presidency, with world leaders, political allies, and business leaders. company, conservative media figures and professional athletes.
And, at times Trump appeared to use the power of his office to benefit his global golf business, most notably when Trump allegedly ordered US Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson to ask the UK government to help secure a future British Open for the Trump Turnberry station in Scotland. Trump denied the report the next day, saying, “No, I never spoke to Woody Johnson from Turnberry. ”
On Sunday, the 2022 PGA Championship was the only upcoming tournament listed on the Trump Organization’s website, so the PGA of America’s decision appears to sever its last ties with the golf establishment, thereby exiling it. as its prestigious and lucrative world courses. professional golf.
In 2016, the PGA Tour, the professional golf tour, prematurely ended an agreement to host a world championship golf event at the Trump National Doral Resort in Miami, Fla., After then-contender, Trump, made disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants on the campaign trail, and moved the event to Mexico City.