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Golf also turns its back on Donald Trump

Monday, January 11, 2021 – 09:38

The PGA announced that it is canceling the agreement it had with the president of the United States to celebrate the 2022 edition of its championship on the field owned by Trump in New Jersey.

Trump, playing golf in Virginia.

Trump, playing golf in Virginia.

The American Professional Golfers Association withdrew on Sunday the 2022 Trump Bedminster PGA Championship in New Jersey, days after supporters of President Donald Trump attacked the United States Capitol.

“The Board of Directors of the PGA of America voted tonight to exercise the right to rescind the agreement to play the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster,” said the President of the PGA of America, Jim Richardson, in a statement posted on Twitter.

The announcement about the future of one of the four golf majors responds to the growing requests within the world of this sport that implore that the leaders of the PGA Tour distance themselves from the controversial US president.

Trump who lost the 2020 presidential election in November to his Democratic rival Joe Biden, could face a historic second impeachment before the inauguration of the president-elect on January 20.

The trial could open amidst the cataract of criticism for the assault on Capitol last Wednesday perpetrated by Trump supporters angered by the defeat that left five people dead.

Repeated false claims by the US president about a alleged electoral fraud and his incendiary speech to protesters before the attack on the Capitol have led critics to call for his resignation, impeachment or removal from office for unfit for office.

Trump is a huge fan and golfer and made numerous trips to play in Bedminster during his presidential term. Golf legends like Annika Dorenstam y Gary Player They were exposed to criticism when they accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom “Medal of Freedom” from the president on Thursday, a day after the chaos experienced in the Capitol.

Trump’s rhetoric in recent years has posed a major problem for golf and its organizers. The United States PGA resisted requests to move the US Open for Women in 2017 of the Trump National in Bedminster, after comments considered hateful towards women made by Trump, during his electoral campaign towards the White House.

In 2016, the PGA Tour announced that it would move the 2017 World Golf Championship to Mexico from Trump’s famous Doral course in Miami. At the time, the Tour argued that the decision was unrelated to Trump’s policy, but admitted that attracting sponsorship for the tournament had been challenging.

“Donald Trump is a brand, a great brand, and when you ask a company to invest millions of dollars in a tournament brand and they are going to share that brand with the host, it’s a tough decision,” said the PGA commissioner. Tour, Tim Finchem, at the time.

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