PGA pulls 2022 tournament from Trump golf course

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) has decided to terminate its contract with President Donald Trump’s National Golf Club Bedminster in hosting next year’s championship.
  • PGA of America president Jim Richerson said that hosting the championship at Trump’s Bedminster “would be detrimental to the PGA of America brand” and halt the organization’s ability to carry its mission.
  • Several businesses have distanced themselves from Trump following the Capitol siege.

On Sunday, the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) revealed its plan not to withdraw the hosting of the 2022 championship from President Donald Trump’s golf club property.

In a statement issued by PGA of America President Jim Richerson, the Board of Directors have voted in favor of terminating the contract of holding the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey.

“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 on many programs and sustain the longevity of our mission,” Richerson said in a video.

“Our board has thus made the decision to exercise our right to terminate the contract to hold the 2022 PGA championship at Trump Bedminster,” the group’s president added. “It was a decision made to ensure PGA of America and PGA professionals can continue to lead and grow our great game for decades to come.”

The organization was among the latest businesses that separated its partnership with the president days following the Capitol siege which resulted in five deaths including one police officer.

Moments before the Capitol riot, Trump, in his address, urged his supporters to march to the Capitol and continue fighting in a bid to overturn the election results.

Social media companies Facebook and Twitter have also banned Trump’s accounts, arguing that the president’s continuous demeanor could add more fuel to the fire.

Meanwhile, companies like Marriott International Inc., and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association have announced that they would suspend their donations to legislators who backed Trump’s request to object to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory during Wednesday’s Congress joint session. 

Source: The Hill

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