The PGA of America has severed ties with US President Donald Trump following a vote on Sunday to take the 2022 PGA Championship event away from his New Jersey golf course. The organization said, "This is a breach of a binding contract and they have no right to terminate the agreement".
The PGA of America said it could no longer host the tournament at a Trump property after the president incited what became a violent insurrection at the US Capitol. "The only real course of action was to leave".
In additon to this, the PGA of America has also cancelled plans of hosting the 2022 PGA Championship at the Trump National at Bedminster, New Jersey, USA claiming associating with Trump would be bad for the organisation's reputation, especially after the Capitol riots and the impending impeachment of the outgoing President. "We will continue to promote the game of golf on every level and remain focused on operating the finest golf courses anywhere in the world".
Yes, his supporters beat a police officer so badly with a fire extinguisher that he later died, but Seth Waugh & Co. moving a golf tournament has him more upset.
The PGA of America terminating the agreement is the sports world's first step towards joining politicians on both sides of the aisle and corporate entities in officially breaking ties with the U.S. president following last week's chilling events. The North Carolina native is now 565th in the Official World Golf Ranking and has made just two cuts in his last ten starts.
Martin Slumbers, the CEO of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club that operates the British Open, said in a released statement Monday morning, "We had no plans to stage any of our championships at [Trump] Turnberry and will not do so in the foreseeable future". Those efforts were unsuccessful, and The New York Times said the incident left United States diplomats in Britain, including Deputy Ambassador Lewis Lukens, "deeply unsettled". "I probably wouldn't, no", said Rory McIlroy, a professional golfer.