Trump National stripped of PGA Championship

11 Jan 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

The PGA of America has announced that it will not host the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Course.

The news comes days after supporters of American President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol building, prompting his removal from social media platforms.

One of golf’s four majors, venues for the PGA Championship are announced years in advance, with host courses up until 2034 already selected. Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey, course had been awarded the tournament in 2012, before his run for the Presidency.

In 2016, the PGA TOUR moved an event - scheduled to be hosted the following year - away from Trump Doral Golf Club in Miami to Mexico City. 

Meanwhile, the outgoing US President’s Scottish property, Trump Turnberry, has not hosted The Open Championship since he bought the course in 2014. The property’s Ailsa course had hosted four editions of the tournament up until 2009, but has not secured a men’s open since. It did, however, host the 2015 Women’s Open.

The PGA of America Board of Directors voted tonight to exercise the right to terminate the agreement to play the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster,” said Jim Richerson, President, PGA of America.

He added: "It has 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 our many programs and sustain the longevity of our mission.”

An alternative venue is yet to be announced.