The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) has terminated next year’s PGA Championship at a golf course owned by the United States of America (USA) President Donald Trump in New Jersey.
The Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster has been removed as the host of the 2022 PGA Championship — one of golf’s four major championships — the organization’s president announced on Sunday night, of January 10th, 2021 in joining the list of entities who are looking to distance themselves from outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump days after a mob of his supporters breached the Capitol building to disrupt the certification of his opponent Joe Biden’s win.
In a statement released on Twitter, PGA of America President Jim Richerson announced on Sunday night the golf association’s board of directors have voted to terminate the agreement to play the tournament at the Trump-owned golf course.
The PGA of America said its board voted to terminate an agreement to “It’s 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,” Jim Richerson, PGA of America’s president, said Richerson.
The PGA of America, which has some 29,000 golf professionals who mostly teach the game, signed the deal with Trump National in 2014, Associated Press reported.
The PGA has not named a replacement venue for the tournament as of yet.
The PGA of America’s decision was criticized by the Trump Organization which said in a statement: “We have had a beautiful partnership with the PGA of America and are incredibly disappointed with their decision. This is a breach of a binding contract and they have no right to terminate the agreement,” NBC News reported.
Entering the final week of his presidency, Trump is under mounting pressure after inciting a mob of rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol. That prompted the House of Representatives to take up a resolution to impeach him for the second time in less than two years unless Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet invoke the 25th Amendment this week to remove him from office.