2022 PGA Championship Moved to Southern Hills from Donald Trump's NJ Course

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2021

The PGA Championsip logo is seen during a storm during a practice round for the PGA Championship golf tournament Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wis. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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The PGA of America announced the 2022 PGA Championship will take place at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

"Excited to return to SHCC for the fifth time," the announcement read. "The course offers a tough-but-fair test for the strongest field in golf."

While the announcement regarding the location for one of golf's four majors is always headline news, this decision is even more notable because the PGA of America announced on Jan. 11 it would move the tournament from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey in the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, per Kevin Dotson of CNN.

"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 programs, and sustain the longevity of our mission," PGA of America President Jim Richerson said. "It was a decision made to ensure that PGA of America and the PGA Professionals can continue to lead and grow our great game for decades to come."

Dotson noted the Trump Organization responded to the move and said it was "a breach of a binding contract and they have no right to terminate the agreement."

Regardless of one's political opinions, it isn't difficult to see why the PGA would move the tournament from a Trump course.

Players would likely be asked about the former president throughout the tournament, which would take some of the focus away from the golf and create storylines the PGA surely doesn't want to deal with during a marquee major.

That is especially true after Trump was impeached for a second time for what the House called "incitement of insurrection" after a mob of his supporters violently attacked the Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election.

As for the new location, the Southern Hills Country Club hosted the PGA Championship in 1970, 1982, 1994 and 2007. Tiger Woods won the 2007 edition, which was his 13th career major victory of his illustrious career.

Collin Morikawa is the reigning PGA Championship titleholder.


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