Donald Trump’s Trump Bedminster won’t be hosting the 2022 USPGA Championship after the PGA of America announced it was dropping the venue.
Following the actions of President Trump prior to supporters storming the Capitol Building in Washington D.C., the PGA of America has decided that links with one of Trump’s venues is not an image they want.
Trump National Bedminster was awarded hosting rights of the 2022 USPGA Championship back in 2014 by the PGA.
But the prestigious New Jersey venue, which staged the US Women’s Open in 2017, will now not be staging the USPGA Championship.
It follows the riots – and the connections to Trump – in the capital that left five people dead, with the PGA concerned about tarnishing their image.
“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 programmes and sustain the longevity of our mission,” PGA of America president Jim Richerson said in a statement.
“It was a decision made to ensure the PGA of America and PGA professionals can continue to lead and grow our game for decades to come.”
A new host venue for next year’s US PGA Championship will now need to be decided. It will be the 104th USPGA following on from the 2021 major at Kiawah Island Resort.
The Trump Organisation responded to the announcement with a vow to challenge the decision, expressing the fact the company have a watertight contract.
“We have had a beautiful partnership with the PGA of America,” a Trump is quoted as saying.
“This is a breach of a binding contract and they have no right to terminate the agreement.
“As an organisation we have invested many many millions of dollars in the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster.”