The PGA of America has decided to steal its championship from Donald Trump's Bedminster course in New Jersey in 2022 after the MAGA siege of the Capitol on Wednesday.
The Trump organization, which owns or operates 17 golf courses around the world, made the decision calling it a "breach of a binding contract".
The organization added that it was "incredibly disappointed" and complained that it "invested many, many millions of dollars in the 2022 PGA Championship" and that PGA "has no right to terminate the agreement".
PGA President Jim Richerson said the board voted to sever ties with Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey, after the president was accused of instigating a deadly riot and siege of the Capitol when Congress approved Election victory of President-elect Joe Biden confirmed.
A major was scheduled to take place at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey in 2022
A report from Golfweek suggests the 2022 PGA Championship will be played elsewhere
"We are in a political situation that we did not create," said Seth Waugh, CEO of PGA of America. 'We are trustees for our members, for the game, for our mission and for our brand. And how do we best protect it? We felt like we couldn't hold it in Bedminster any longer. The damage could have been irreparable. The only real course of action was to leave. & # 39;
This is the second time in just over five years the PGA of America has removed one of its events from a Trump course.
Golfweek's Eamon Lynch said the PGA has been debating for two years about removing its major tournament from Trump National because "any membership (of the president) is toxic.
The move will be a big blow to Trump, an avid golfer who has made at least 300 visits to golf clubs during his tenure.
It appears that the 2022 PGA Championship was the only PGA tournament listed on the Trump Organization website. Today's PGA vote appears to end the connection between Trump's golf courses and professional golf.
The PGA of America, with around 29,000 golf professionals mainly teaching the game, signed the contract with Trump National in 2014.
Wednesday's shocking uprising rocked the country, and golfing circles quickly focused attention on whether the PGA of America would keep its first championship – and one of golf's four major championships – in Trump's place in 2022
They stormed the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers certified President-elect Joe Biden's victory. After forcing their way into the house, the violent people ransacked the building and sent in frightened staff and lawmakers. Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died
It canceled the 2015 PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National Los Angeles Golf Club after Trump's derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants when he announced that it was seeking Republican presidential nominations. The event was finally canceled the following spring.
Wednesday's shocking uprising rocked the country, and golfing circles quickly focused attention on whether the PGA of America would keep its first championship – and one of golf's four major championships – in Trump's place in 2022.
"Our decision wasn't about speed or timing," said Waugh. "What is most important to our board and leadership is protecting our brand and reputation, and our members' ability to direct the growth of the game, which they do in their communities through so many powerful programs."
Trump had given his supporters a speech in which he repeatedly made unsubstantiated claims that the election had been stolen from him and urged them to "fight".
They stormed the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers certified President-elect Joe Biden's victory. After forcing their way into the house, the violent people ransacked the building and sent in frightened staff and lawmakers. Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died.
A new ABC News / Ipsos poll released on Sunday found that 67% of respondents said Trump deserved a "good amount" or a "big" debt for the insurrection.
On Thursday, golfer Gary Player was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump
Trump also awarded Annika Sorenstam and Babe Zaharias the Medal of Freedom
“It's not because of the pressure we're feeling. We're not forced to make a decision, ”Waugh said. & # 39; We had to make a business decision. It's an eternal institution. My job is to turn it off better than I found it. In a hundred years we still want to be alive. & # 39;
He chose not to comment when asked if he was expecting a legal challenge from the Trump Organization.
The PGA of America, which operates separately from the PGA Tour and its weekly tournaments, hosted the Senior PGA Championship on Trump's course outside of Washington in 2017. In the same year, the USGA hosted the US Women's Open at Trump National in Bedminster.
Trump also owns Turnberry in Scotland, one of the most picturesque connections in the British Open rotation, best known for the "Duel in Sun" between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in 1977, and most recently Henrik Stenson, who was Phil Mickelson in 2016 defeated. The company determines the rotation of the British Open and has not returned to Turnberry since taking over from Trump.
He also owns Trump Doral outside of Miami, a venerable stop on the PGA Tour program for years and, most recently, a golf world championship website. Trump's presence made it difficult to find a corporate sponsor, and the tournament moved to Mexico in 2017.
Waugh said the PGA of America already has a team in New Jersey to begin selling the events to the public and sponsoring them locally. The task now is to find a place for the 1916 PGA championship for next year.
Trump National Golf Club (pictured) is in danger of losing a major golf tournament
The PGA is on Kiawah Island, South Carolina in May.
"We have already reached a number of places," he said. “We think we will have a number of options.
The 2022 PGA Championship was set to be the first men's major to be held at Trump National Golf Club.
In 2017, the US Women's Open took place there, won by the South Korean Park Sung-hyun.
Golf has always been Trump's preferred sport, or at least the sport he was most associated with over the years.
The president owns at least 17 golf clubs around the world, including several in Florida.
Trump famously warned Barack Obama about the time the former president spent golfing, but GNN estimates that Trump played golf at least 308 times during his presidency.
The day after the riots in the Capitol, Trump awarded three golfers the Presidential Medal of Freedom: Annika Sorenstam, Gary Player and the late babe Didrikson Zaharias.
The possible removal of one of Trump National's largest golf tournaments is the latest in a series of responses after Trump helped spark Wednesday's riot, which has linked at least five deaths.
Some fans of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York are demanding that Trump be digitally removed from his role in the film.
"I won't rest until he's removed from this scene in Home Alone 2," wrote Matt Navarra on Twitter.
Get out of here: "I won't rest until he's removed from this scene in Home Alone 2," wrote Matt Navarra on Twitter
Foreign leaders, domestic leaders, and diplomats also condemn the president, who has since been prevented from using most of the social media websites indefinitely.
"If we do not hold the president publicly accountable, it would further damage our democracy and our ability to effectively achieve our foreign policy objectives abroad," said a cable from diplomats to the State Department, the Associated Press said.
Other refusals related to the uprising include Simon & Schuster canceling Senator Josh Hawley's planned book and Apple and Amazon removing the right-wing social media app Parler from their platforms.
One of the remaining failures that could be in the works is Trump's impeachment.
The 25th Amendment is unlikely to be tapped, but House Democrats are aiming for an impeachment vote this week.
Biden's inauguration is scheduled for January 20th.
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