PGA Championship on the move as golf turns on Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s actions have once again cost one of his golf clubs hosting rights to a high-profile event. Alex Perry wraps up the week’s talking points in The Slam

Hello. Welcome to the first edition of the Slam in 2021. It’s now January 11 – is that too late to say “Happy New Year”? I never really understand how long you’re supposed to go. Anyway, there’s been some fresh breaking news concerning the PGA Championship in the small hours of Monday morning…

PGA Championship on the move

It’s been yet another controversial week for Donald Trump and in golf circles the question was asked about whether or not his golf courses would remain as hosts of high profile events – including the 2022 PGA Championship.

The PGA of America have moved quickly to vote that Trump National Golf Club, in Bedminster, New Jersey, will no longer host the major next year. It’s the second time in just over five years the governing body has ditched a Trump course, having cancelled the 2015 Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National in LA following the former reality TV star’s disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants. His resort in Doral then lost hosting rights of the WGC-Championship to, hilariously, Mexico.

And when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington DC, actions fuelled by the outgoing 45th President’s now banished Twitter account, they knew they had to move quickly.

“We find ourselves in a political situation not of our making,” Seth Waugh, the CEO of the PGA of America, told the Associated Press. “We’re fiduciaries for our members, for the game, for our mission and for our brand. And how do we best protect that?

“Our feeling was given the tragic events of Wednesday that we could no longer hold it at Bedminster. The damage could have been irreparable. The only real course of action was to leave.”

He added: “Our decision wasn’t about speed and timing. What matters most to our board and leadership is protecting our brand and reputation, and the ability for our members to lead the growth of the game, which they do through so many powerful programs in their communities.”

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Donny.

Speaking of which…

Just 24 hours after the riots that shook the nation Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam were in the White House to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The award is one of the nation’s highest civilian honours and there is no doubt the Hall of Fame players are deserving recipients. But instead their achievement will be forever scarred.

For future reference, Mr Player, when your own son is publicly criticising you for something, it’s probably best to take a step back.

English takes full advantage of rule change

Harris English won the Sentry Tournament of Champions for his third PGA Tour title and first since 2013.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking – the year’s opener in Hawaii is traditionally only for the previous season’s winners. But in a move that’s a bit like letting the fourth-placed team into the Champions League, the PGA Tour also invited the 30 players who qualified for the FedEx Cup finale at East Lake in September.

Harris and Joaquin Niemann finished at 25-under par, but it was the American who edged the play-off.

Anyway, it’s 4 o’clock in the morning so I’m off to bed. I’ll write some more later so please come back. You’re all I have.

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