Trump, an avid golfer, says he won't watch the PGA Championship after it snubbed his Bedminster golf course over the January 6 Capitol attack
President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One October 1, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump traveled to Bedminster, New Jersey to meet with supporters.
Trump says he won't watch PGA Championship after they snubbed his Bedminster golf course
The PGA moved the tournament away from Trump's mansion after the January 6 riot.
"People are really angry about what the PGA did to me when they took this tournament away from me," Trump said.
President Donald Trump has been an avid golf fan and golf course owner for decades. But he's suspending the PGA Championship after the organization snubbed his Bedminster, New Jersey golf course for the event.
"I'm not going to see it, no," Trump told Golf Digest's Michael Bamberger of the 104th PGA Championship, which began Thursday at the Southern Hills Country Club outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
"I won't look at it. The only thing I like about it is that I love Oklahoma where, as you brilliantly said, I won 77 out of 77 counties. But I won't watch it. No."
Trump, who owns 19 golf courses around the world, secured the greatest achievement for any golf course owner - hosting one of the Big Four tournaments - in 2014 when the PGA announced it had selected Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey for the 2022 championship.
But the PGA canceled its agreement to host the tournament in Bedminster after the January 6 riot without a backup plan, and later settled in Southern Hills.
"My son called, who's a great guy," Trump said, referring to his son Eric as he described learning the news. "My son said, 'Dad, they're canceling the PGA Championship [at Trump Bedminster]. I said, 'This is awful. Really? Are you serious?' He said: "Yeah, they're canceling it. Can you believe it?" I said, "Not really. Let me think about it. That is something."
"And then I had to go back to work and China and all that stuff, Russia, the country," Trump added. "But it's a damn good thing when you hear that."
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus slammed the PGA's move as "breaking culture," telling Bamberger for a previous story about how the Bedminster deal fell apart that "Donald Trump might be a lot of things, but he loves golf and he loves this country."
"I would have loved to have done it and because I have the right place, I have the right place, the Tom Fazio course - he feels it was one of the best jobs he's ever done," Bedminster's Trump Bamberger said. “It's basically right in front of the Lincoln Tunnel, 20 minutes away. It's perfect and big. And I have the two courses there. We have parking for thousands of cars. It would have been phenomenal.”
Trump golfing in ScotlandJeff J. Mitchell/Getty Image
Speaking to Golf Digest, Trump predicted that "97 percent" of PGA members would support him in holding the championship in Bedminster and incorrectly said he had "nothing to do" with the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
"Let me tell you this... if you did a poll within the PGA, the 28,000 members that make up the PGA of America, I would be at 97 percent I think. I would be way up," Trump said. "And people are really angry about what the PGA did to me by taking this tournament away. And I had nothing to do with January 6th. They would be very angry at what they did.”
Trump spent months overturning the 2020 election, publicly attacking Vice President Mike Pence for not overturning the election and urging his supporters to engage in "wild" protests against Congress over the outcome of the election from 2020 confirmed. He was impeached by the House of Representatives for inciting the January 6 riots but acquitted in a Senate trial.
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