PGA Of America Decides to Terminate Contract To Play 2022 PGA Championship At Trump Bedminster Golf Course
The 2022 104th PGA Championship will no longer be played at the location that was originally planned on: The Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
“The PGA of America Board of Directors voted tonight (January 10) to exercise the right to terminate the agreement to play the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster,” Jim Richerson, PGA of America president, said.
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In a video also released by the PGA of America along with that statement, Richerson talked about why this decision was made.
“It has become clear that conducting the PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster would be detrimental to the PGA of America brand,” Richerson said. “It would put at risk the PGA’s ability to deliver our many programs and sustain the longevity of our mission.”
Richerson went on to say: “It was a decision made to ensure the PGA of America and the PGA professionals can continue to lead and grow our great game for decades to come.”
Here’s more from Richerson and PGA CEO Seth Waugh on why the PGA came to this decision:
The Trump Organization, who owns the Bedminster course, was reportedly disappointed with this decision per the AP.
According to the AP: “The Trump Organization said in a statement it has ‘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. As an organization we have invested many, many millions of dollars in the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster. 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.’”
Those golf courses include 19 throughout the world.
The course was home to the 2017 US Women’s Open.
The PGA has already updated their website to say “TBA” for the 2022 PGA Championship.
This year, the 103rd PGA Championship is set to play at Kiawah Island Golf Resort Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina in May. Last year’s was played at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California. The winner of last year’s tournament was Collin Morikawa.
The decision to not play at this golf course caused mixed responses:
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