“Notoriously vengeful man”: Trump’s behavior drives golf professionals away

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“Notorious Vengeful Man”
Trump’s behavior drives golf professionals away

Donald Trump is a passionate golfer. The elected US President will not be allowed to watch the professionals on his course in 2022. The US Golf Association wants to prevent damage to golf. The trigger for the cancellation with clear words is the storm of Trump supporters on the Capitol.

Donald Trump’s inflammatory behavior in his final days as US president is now also affecting the 74-year-old’s favorite sport. The PGA Championship, one of the four golf majors, will not take place on Trump’s course in Bedminster / New Jersey in 2022 as originally planned. The US golf association PGA of America announced on Sunday evening. Four days earlier, angry supporters of the voted Trump stormed the Capitol in Washington.

The association’s management had come to the decision in a vote to “exercise the right to terminate the agreement,” said association president Jim Richerson via Twitter. “It has become clear that playing in Bedminster would damage the PGA of America brand,” he added in a video message. In addition, “numerous programs” of the PGA and “the longevity of our mission” would be jeopardized.

“Notorious Vengeful Man”

Before the event, planned for August 2022, was canceled, there were increasing demands in sport that the leadership had to distance itself from Trump. According to media reports, there had already been debates within the association over the past two years about moving the championship. The open confrontation with a “notoriously vengeful man” was avoided for a long time, wrote the “Golfweek”.

No other sport is as close to Trump as golf, he practices it himself, and during his presidency he also made numerous trips to Bedminster. And so far, even the most controversial statements and actions of the president have had little impact within sport, at least in the US. The US Women’s Open 2017 took place in Bedminster, even though Trump’s misogynistic comments had already become public during the presidential election campaign and there had been a lot of resistance.

However, recent developments have increasingly isolated Republican Trump. Today the Democrats want to launch a second impeachment process, although the presidency will officially end on January 20th. Then President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.

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