Donald Trump’s golf course being stripped of US PGA Championship is financially motivated not political, says Simon Jordan
talkSPORT host Simon Jordan believes the PGA’s decision to strip one of Donald Trump’s golf courses of the US PGA Championship in 2022 is a financial, rather than political, decision.
Trump National in Bedminster will no longer hold the major tournament after organisers said using the course would be ‘detrimental’ to their brand.
The PGA of America has voted to move it away from the course in New Jersey, less then a week after supporters of the US President staged a riot at the US Capitol.
Jim Richerson, the PGA president, did not explicitly reference events in Washington DC in a statement announcing the move.
He said: “It has become clear that conducting the PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster would be detrimental to the PGA of America brand, it would put at risk the PGA’s ability to deliver our many programmes and sustain the longevity of our mission.
“Our board has thus made the decision to exercise our right to terminate the contract to hold the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster.”
It is the second time in six years the PGA has moved an event away from a course owned by Donald Trump.
The 2015 Grand Slam of Golf was due to be held at the Trump National in Los Angeles but was cancelled after Mr Trump, then a candidate, made controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants.
The R&A also released a statement saying that Trump’s course in Scotland, Turnberry, will not stage The Open until they are ‘convinced that the focus will be on the championship’ and not the course’s owner.
The Ayrshire venue has not been selected to stage the Open Championship since it was purchased by Donald Trump in 2014, with host venues already chosen up to 2024.
R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said in a statement: “We had no plans to stage any of our championships at Turnberry and will not do so in the foreseeable future.
“We will not return until we are convinced that the focus will be on the championship, the players and the course itself and we do not believe that is achievable in the current circumstances.”
When speaking about the PGA’s decision to strip Trump National of the US PGA Championship, Jordan argued that they should not get too much credit for the decision.
Speaking on White and Jordan, he said: “This is not about anything other than the sponsorship revenues and commercial aspects. The PGA have looked at sponsorship they’ve got, the revenue they’ve got, the commercial endorsements they get from a variety of different businesses that probably anti-Trump in the first place.
“They have bowed to the money side of things than necessarily taking a political stance.
“This will be about money, this will be about the reality of several of their major league commercial associations saying ‘we’re not having anything to do with a tournament under your moniker that is played at a Trump golf course’.
“The behaviour of that mob and the behaviour of Donald Trump in certain instances has been very reprehensible and he will suffer the consequences he will suffer as a result of that.
“I’m sure that those that have an agenda against Donald Trump and those that have an axe to grind will have a moment in time and he will have nobody to blame but himself for that because he’s opened the door to that.
“But does it give a bunch of mealy mouth people that don’t have enough courage of their convictions to do it in the first place the opportunity to do? I don’t admire those people.
“It’s like the old expression that Labour said once upon a time ‘today is a good day for bad news’ when something dreadful is happening in the world.
“This is an excuse for people to distance themselves from Trump.”
Others in the sporting world have also distanced themselves from the US President in the wake of the scenes in Washington D.C.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Trump but he declined the offer.
Belichick, who is a friend of Trump, cited the mob that stormed the Capitol last week as reasons why he declined it.