The PGA of America said its board of directors voted to terminate an agreement to host next year’s PGA Championship at a golf course owned by President Donald Trump in New Jersey.
“It became clear that conducting the PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster would be detrimental to the PGA of America brand and jeopardize the ability of the PGA to deliver our many programs and maintain the longevity of our mission,” Jim Richerson, President of the PGA of America, said in a videomessage.
Entering the last week of his presidency, Trump is under increasing pressure after inciting a mob of rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol. This prompted the House of Representatives to pass a resolution to impeach him for the second time in less than two years, unless Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet invoke the 25th Amendment this week to remove him from office. .
This is not the first time the PGA has attended an event at Trump’s property following a controversy. After Trump made comments that Mexican immigrants were rapists, the PGA decided not to host its 2015 Golf Grand Slam at Trump National in Los Angeles.
Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey was also the location of Trump’s 2020 election fundraiser, which he attended after learning that one of his top aides tested positive for COVID-19. The president also tested positive shortly thereafter.
Earlier last year, Trump pushed for the return of professional sports amid lockdowns across the country, saying the games were essential to “our country’s psyche.” In May, he played golf for the first time in over two months, engaging in his personal passion.
The PGA of America, which has some 29,000 golf professionals who primarily teach the game, signed the deal with Trump National in 2014, the Associated Press reported.
More political cover of Fortune:
- “We will never concede”: how Donald Trump incited an attack on America
- Democrats plan to use Senate victory spend $ 2,000 stimulus checks
- Pictures: A look at Wednesday’s national riots
- Coup attempt on Capitol Hill presents key cyberattack opportunity, warn experts
- The betting odds strongly favored the Georgia GOP candidates, then suddenly collapsed. What did not go well?