Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus has blasted the “cancellation culture” which he says caused the PGA to strip the championship from the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster.
This week, the professional golfer who has won a record 18 major championships said the tournament shouldn’t have been moved to Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Nicklaus said he likes PGA chief Seth Waugh but added that Waugh foolishly bowed to cancel culture with the decision.
“Seth didn’t need this job. He took the job because he felt he could give good advice to the PGA of America,” Nicklaus told Fire Pit Collective. “And I think he does. But this decision nullifies the culture. Donald Trump may be many things, but he loves golf and he loves this country. He is a student of the game and a formidable figure in the game. What he does in golf in the future will depend on what the cancel culture allows him to do.
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In January last year, Waugh complained that a “political situation that was not of our making” had forced him to remove the tournament from Trump’s course. He called the situation an “existential” threat and said he “had no choice”.
“We are trustees of our members, the game, our mission and our brand,” he explained at the time. “And how best to 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.
But the Trump Organization said the PGA had “no right to terminate” the deal.
The PGA reached an undisclosed legal settlement regarding the disorder in December of that year.
“The PGA of America (“PGA”) and the Trump Organization today announce that they have reached a settlement resolving their ongoing dispute regarding the PGA’s decision to terminate its contract with Trump National Golf Club at Bedminster, New Jersey to host the 2022 PGA Championship,” a PGA press release said.
The PGA also praised the Trump Organization:
“The Trump Organization’s contribution to the golf community is appreciated. We are grateful that the company employs hundreds of dedicated PGA professionals and consistently gives back to the golf community by hosting charity events and sponsoring junior golf programs. As stated in 2014 when it was announced, Trump Bedminster is a championship-worthy major golf course and in a portfolio with some of the best private and public golf courses in the world.
The statement ended with a few words from Eric Trump, Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization:
“We have great respect for the work of the PGA. For the past 20 years, we have enjoyed working with the PGA to provide our club members and the public with some of the best golf experiences in the world. We look forward to continuing to support the mission of the PGA and its professionals, who are the best in the golf industry.
Trump himself added that the settlement was “a wonderful conclusion for everyone. Thank you PGA of America!
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