The PGA voted Sunday to move its Championship away from Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey. PGA president Jim Richerson said the board voted to exercise its right to terminate the agreement with the Trump organization.
According to the AP, Seth Waugh, the CEO, PGA America commented in a phone interview “We find ourselves in a political situation, not of our making. 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 clear course of action was to leave. Our decision wasn’t about speed and timing, what matters most to our boarding leadership is protecting our brand and reputation, and the ability for our members to lead the growth of our game, which they do through so many powerful programs in their communities.”
Waugh added “this is not because of any pressures we feel we’re not being forced into a decision, we had to make a business decision. It’s a perpetual institution. My job is to hand it off better than when I found it. One hundred years from now, we still want it to be vibrant’.
He would not comment on the possibility of legal action by the Trump organization.
PGA has had a deal with the Trump organization since the 2014 season.