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The Scramble at Southern Hills


So why and the way did the P.G.A. of America and Southern Hills should prepare so quickly?

In 2014, the P.G.A. awarded the lads’s major to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Its owner, Donald J. Trump, was then a businessman with a portfolio of 17 golf clubs in the USA and Scotland.

That very same yr, Mr. Trump bought Turnberry, a Scottish course that had hosted the British Open 4 times. He had a fame for investing heavily in his clubs and in addition for wanting to host big tournaments, which is usually a hassle for personal clubs which have members who can’t play because the tournament gets close.

It appeared like a solid plan to host the tournament at what is healthier often known as Trump Bedminster.

“The P.G.A. of America is worked up to start a latest chapter of major championship history by taking two of our premier championships to venues that bear the Trump label of excellence,” Ted Bishop, then-president of the P.G.A. of America, said on the time.

Mr. Trump said: “Having the P.G.A. is a really, very big deal. So, it’s very essential to me. It’s an incredible honor for me.”

Then he was elected president in 2016. Fast forward to Jan. 6, 2021, when President Trump gave a speech that fired up a crowd in Washington, which then stormed the Capitol to stop the certification of the 2020 election results.

Five days later, the P.G.A. of America announced it had voted to tug the 2022 major from the Trump course.

“It has grow to be clear that conducting the P.G.A. Championship at Trump Bedminster can be detrimental to the P.G.A. of America brand and would put in danger the P.G.A.’s ability to deliver on many programs and sustain the longevity of our mission,” Jim Richerson, the P.G.A. of America’s president, said.

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