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PGA, Trump group settle 2022 PGA dispute

The PGA of America and The Trump Organisation have reached a settlement over a decision to move the 2022 PGA Championship.

The financial terms were confidential.

Days after the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, PGA of America membership voted to move the tournament from the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey to a new host course.

At the time, organisation president Jim Richerson took issue with the Bedminster location, saying former President Donald Trump incited the violence and gave the organisation cause to move the event.

“The Trump Organisation’s contribution to the golf community is appreciated,” the PGA said in a statement issued Tuesday.

“We are thankful the company employs hundreds of dedicated PGA professionals and consistently gives back to the golf community through hosting charitable events and sponsoring junior golf programs.”

It added that The Trump Organisation has a portfolio of “some of the finest private and public golf courses anywhere in the world”.

Trump’s son, Eric, who is executive vice-president of the family-run company, added his comments in the news release.

“We have great respect for the work of the PGA,” he said.

“Over the past 20 plus years, we have enjoyed working with the PGA to deliver to our club members and the public some of the greatest golf experiences anywhere in the world.

“We look forward to continuing to support the mission of the PGA and its professionals.”

Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma was awarded the 2022 PGA Championship on January 25.

The tournament is scheduled to take place from May 19-22 with Phil Mickelson the defending champion.

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