(Los Angeles) The 2022 PGA Championship will not take place at the Trump Bedminster Course in New Jersey, the PGA of America, the host body for the Grand Slam golf tournament, announced on Sunday, four days after the incidents perpetrated by supporters of the US president in Washington.
“The PGA of America Board of Directors voted this (Sunday) evening to exercise the right to terminate the agreement to host the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster,” said President Jim Richardson in a statement. press release posted on Twitter.
This announcement follows many calls made in the world of golf for the leaders of the sport to distance themselves from Trump, himself a big fan of the little white ball and who often spent time playing during his tenure on his Bedminster route.
Media Golfweek, in a scathing column urging to sever ties with the president, said the PGA of America had been debating for two years whether to move the tournament to another location, but were not serene at the idea of upsetting a “man deemed to be vindictive”.
The Republican candidate, who lost the presidential election in November to his Democratic rival Joe Biden, disputes this result and is accused of having deliberately encouraged the invasion of the Congress building by his supporters on Wednesday. Violence around and within the building which left five dead, including a police officer, in the capital.
Democrats warned on Sunday that they were ready to launch a new impeachment process, an impeachment process, if Vice President Mike Pence does not bring himself to remove him from office by activating the 25e amendment of the Constitution.
Isolated in the White House, released by several ministers, the American billionaire does not seem willing to go of his own accord, ten days before the inauguration of Joe Biden scheduled for January 20.
This is not the first time that the authorities of American golf have distanced themselves from Trump.
In 2015, the American Federation USPGA canceled the PGA Grand Slam at the Trump National Club in Los Angeles after the then presidential candidate made derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants.
In 2016, the PGA Tour decided to move the 2017 World Golf Championship to Mexico, when it was initially to take place at the Doral course, also owned by Trump in Miami. The authority defended itself at the time of the political nature of its decision.
In contrast, the US Golf Association had not canceled or moved the 2017 Women’s US Open, which went well at Trump National in Bedminster, despite sexist comments about women made by Trump during his election campaign.