The most successful player in the history of the PGA Tour has accused the organization of participating in “cancel culture” against former President Donald Trump. Jack Nicklaus, winner of a record 18 major golf championships voiced concern over The PGA Championship being moved from one of Mr. Trump’s golf facilities.
The Washington Times reports that PGA Tour chief Seth Waugh relocated the upcoming PGA Championship from Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey, to Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The venue shift occurred in January 2021, shortly after the protests in the United States Capitol that also resulted in the former president being banned from major social media platforms.
Nicklaus said in an interview that Waugh “took the job because he thought he could give the PGA of America some good guidance. And I think he’s doing that. But this move is cancel culture,” adding that Trump’s contributions to golf are significant but are being overlooked for political reasons. He explained, “Donald Trump may be a lot of things, but he loves golf and he loves this country. He‘s a student of the game and a formidable figure in the game. What he does in the future in golf will depend on what the cancel culture will allow him to do.”
In discussing the decision not to hold the tournament at Trump’s course, Waugh stated, “We’re fiduciaries for our members, for the game, for our mission and for our brand. 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.” A court battle ensued but was settled privately in December.
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