Golf governing bodies are under pressure to move the sport away from outgoing US President Donald Trump as the Republican leader continues to shake up the democratic process in the most powerful western nation in the world.
Trump National Golf Club has been chosen to host the PGA Championship next year but, write for Golf Digest, John Feinstein argued that the prestigious major tournament had to be moved.
“He needs to announce the decision today and be very clear: we don’t want anything to do with future President Donald J. Trump,” Feinstein wrote.
Throughout his presidency, Trump has drawn the ire of his constituents for his penchant for flying to his favorite courses to play golf in times of crisis.
He owns several golf clubs and resorts and has made sports the heart of his business empire.
Today, with his legacy forever tied to one of the darkest days in American political history, his relationship with the sport has become dangerously toxic, according to Feinstein and several other respected golf scribes.
“On top of everything else, Trump is golf’s worst ambassador possible: an obese old man slumped in a cart playing only in left-wing private clubs with fake stunts,” tweeted Golf magazine editor Alan. Shipnuck.
“Whether it’s today’s Freedom Medal Ceremony or the ’22 PGA Ch., Aligning with Trump is a stain on the game.”
According to Feinstein, the clock is ticking for golf’s response to Trump’s role in breaking America’s confidence in its democracy following a limp response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
“It is no longer a political question, it is no longer a question of taking sides with one political party or another. He is about a man who encouraged – almost ordered – his supporters to attempt some kind of coup of awkward state … over the United States government, ”Feinstein wrote.
“This is a man who, even AFTER finally telling his followers it was time to leave the United States Capitol after the death of a woman and the Capitol building itself – an important part of the history of our country – had been severely damaged, tweeted: “We love you. You are very special. “
Feinstein added that it was time for golf to be more courageous in its stance on important social issues, citing the NFL as a sport with the same reputation for having a largely white and right-wing fan base, but was starting to embrace its role as a platform for the fight against social injustices.
“It is important for the PGA of America to act quickly as golf could have done more in response to the deaths this summer of George Floyd and Breanna Taylor and the Black Lives Matters movement,” Feinstein wrote.
“There are, of course, those who will sort of compare the riots that were part of the BLM this summer, to what happened on Capitol Hill. We will never defend any kind of violence or destruction of property, but There is no comparison here, it was an attack on the United States of America, and it was instigated by the President of the US It was unique, historic and terrifying.
“Over the past several months, even the NFL, with its largely white and right-wing fan base, has publicly supported players who chose to protest and admitted that its handling of Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and the anthem protests of 2017 deserved an apology. “
“… Golf, as a sport, has been embarrassingly quiet in the seven-plus months since Floyd’s death. Now is the time for the leaders of the sport to speak up and speak out. Take Real Action Starts with Seth, CEO of PGA of America Waugh said: “Today we are looking for a new venue for the 2022 PGA Championship.”