The Professional Golfers’ Association of America is moving its 2022 PGA Championship away from the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.
The board of directors of the sports organization voted Sunday night to terminate the agreement days after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol following a rally in which President Trump encouraged his supporters to march to the building.
“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,” PGA of America President Jim Richerson announced. “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 PGA professionals can continue to lead and grow our game for decades to come.”
A spokesman for the Trump Organization said the decision was a “breach of a binding contract,” according to ABC News.
A new location for 2022 has not been determined, but this year’s PGA will take place in May at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina.
At the time the PGA announced its intent to host its 2022 tournament at the president’s national golf club, Trump Bedminster celebrated the news. The golf club has sometimes been nicknamed the “Summer White House” for the president’s frequent visits to the New Jersey retreat.
“We are ecstatic to announce that the Wanamaker Trophy has arrived to Trump Bedminster,” wrote the golf club’s official Twitter account. “We are officially ready for the 2022 PGA Championship!”
We are ecstatic to announce that the Wanamaker Trophy has arrived to Trump Bedminster. We are officially ready for the 2022 PGA Championship! #2022pgachampionship #pgachampionship #trumpgolf #trumpbedminster pic.twitter.com/kijdvjSRjG
— Trump Bedminster (@TrumpBedminster) September 24, 2020
The reported arrangement to strip Trump’s golf course of its hosting ability comes as social media giants continue to strip the president of access to his accounts, claiming that his usage of online platforms poses a national security threat. Trump, along with many of his followers, has been deplatformed on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. His supporters, enraged by the perceived censorship, have migrated in droves to alternative outlets such as Gab and Parler, two platforms that have also experienced restricted circulation in retaliation for their alleged “risk to public safety.”
The president is also suffering political damages in the wake of Wednesday’s protest as he faces mounting pressure to depart from his position prior to Inauguration Day. Nearly 200 Democrats have called for the president’s impeachment, and, even within his own party, at least two senators and one House member have urged for the president to leave office.
Author: Carly Roman
Source: Washington Examiner: PGA votes to move 2022 championship away from Trump’s Bedminster golf course