According to NJ.com, the PGA of America will rescind its plans to hold the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Bedminster golf club in New Jersey.
In an op-ed published this Saturday, Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch wrote the odds that the 2022 PGA Championship will happen as scheduled in New Jersey “are about as good as the chances of you or I winning it.”
“Seth Waugh, the PGA of America’s CEO, was a banker and has an alert eye for high-risk exposure,” Lynch writes. “He knows that Trumpism is likely to be an equally incendiary force in the ’22 midterm elections and that any affiliation is poisonous.”
Lynch adds that some of golf’s biggest stars cozying up to Trump left a bad taste for many of the sport’s fans, but after the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, he says making Trump a pariah in the sport — and elsewhere — shouldn’t be up for debate.
“Reputations too have been left bruised in the eyes of many golf fans. Like those of Jack Nicklaus and Nancy Lopez, both of whom have long been celebrated for their character and rectitude,” writes Lynch. “Both supported Trump in the waning days of the election campaign, despite clear signs he would not accept any result he didn’t like. … Arguably even more sullied are the reputations of Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam, who attended the White House to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the man who just one day earlier had incited the mob that killed a police officer.”
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