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    PGA Tour Strip of Trump National Golf Club

    The PGA of America cut ties to President Donald Trump when it voted Sunday to take the PGA Championship event away from his New Jersey golf course next year.

    The vote comes four days after the Trump-fueled riot at the nation’s Capitol as Congress was certifying the election victory of President-elect Joe Biden. This is the second time in just over five years the PGA of America removed one of its events from a Trump course.

    In a video posted on the organisation’s website, Richerson added that hosting the tournament at the course in New Jersey would tarnish the PGA of America’s image. It did not disclose a replacement venue.

    “It has become clear that conducting the PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster would be detrimental to the PGA of America brand and would put at risk the PGA’s ability to deliver our many programs and sustain the longevity of our mission.”

    A representative for the Trump Organization said they were “incredibly disappointed” with the decision.

    “We have had a beautiful partnership with the PGA of America ... This is a breach of a binding contract and they have no right to terminate the agreement,” the representative said.

    “As an organisation we have invested many millions of dollars in the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster.

    “We will continue to promote the game of golf on every level and remain focused on operating the finest golf courses anywhere in the world.”

    Decision follows US Capitol debacle

    The decision to move the men’s major comes after the US president exhorted thousands of supporters to march on the Capitol on Wednesday as Congress met to certify his defeat to Joe Biden, prompting chaos in which crowds breached the building and forced the evacuation of both chambers.

    Five people died in the rampage by Trump’s backers after a fiery speech denouncing the November 3 election results by the Republican president.

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