January 11, 2021 (New York, NY) — Last night, the PGA of America announced plans to move its 2022 PGA Championship away from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. This decision has an especially meaningful impact on Trump, an avid golfer whose organization owns or operates 17 golf courses around the world, and who made about 300 daytime visits to golf clubs during his presidency.
“It has become clear that conducting the PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster would be detrimental to the PGA of America brand, it would put at risk the PGA’s ability to deliver our many programs, and sustain the longevity of our mission,” PGA of America President Jim Richerson said in a video address. “It was a decision made to ensure that PGA of America and the PGA Professionals can continue to lead and grow our great game for decades to come.”
This move comes in the wake of reports on pro golfer Justin Thomas’ anti-gay slur at Saturday’s Tournament of Champions.
“This is a historic moment for the PGA, and for golfers and fans around the world,” said Hudson Taylor, Founder and Executive Director of Athlete Ally. “Athletes and fans alike deserve to be safe, welcome and included in the sports they love, and athletic organizations and governing bodies play a critical role in making that possible. Cutting ties between the 2022 Championships and Trump is an important step in demonstrating values of inclusion and respect for all.”