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PGA can rebuke Trump in way Democrats can’t

PGA can rebuke Trump in way Democrats can’t

President Trump at Turnberry in 2018. (Getty)

There aren’t many individuals or organizations with the power to check the president of the United States. Congress, the media, the NFL, social media — President Trump has met each one head-on, and if he hasn’t emerged victorious, it’s only because he’s continuing the fight.

But at least one organization still has the power to hold the president to account for his scathing “go back to” tweets from the weekend: the PGA of America.

Yes, an organization that oversees golf instruction has the ability to curb the leader of the free world. We can remark yet again on the strange times that we live in, or we can dig into the meat of the issue.

announced that Turnberry was out of the Open venue rotation because of then-candidate Trump’s array of controversial campaign trail comments. “2020 will not happen here,” one R&A official said at the time. “Turnberry will be back. But perhaps not Trump Turnberry.”’ data-reactid=”28″>He wouldn’t get it. In 2015, members of the R&A, the Open’s organizing body, announced that Turnberry was out of the Open venue rotation because of then-candidate Trump’s array of controversial campaign trail comments. “2020 will not happen here,” one R&A official said at the time. “Turnberry will be back. But perhaps not Trump Turnberry.”

So the 2022 PGA Championship, already on the books, represented Trump’s next, best chance to host a prestigious major. But in the wake of his tweets, the Washington Post’s David Farenthold reached out to the PGA for comment:

“As an organization, we are fully committed to Diversity and Inclusion,” the PGA said in a statement, “but we are not a political organization & simply don’t weigh in on statements made in the political arena.” (Yahoo Sports has also reached out to the PGA for comment.)

That’s not only a craven dodge—diversity and inclusion are the very root of politics—it runs completely counter to golf’s recent history of factoring political considerations into tournament decisions.

Golf is a predominantly conservative sport, both in the political and attitudinal senses of the word. It skews white and upper-class, both traditionally Republican bases. While golf has an unspoken apolitical tradition—you won’t see many “Make America Great Again” hats in your average gallery—Trump, and the media that cover him, forces everyone with whom Trump does business to confront his politics and brand. With Trump or against Trump; he allows for no middle ground.

But the PGA possesses a power that individual elected officials don’t. The PGA can remove its championship from Bedminster. Shaming Trump doesn’t work to change his behavior. But the PGA yanking that precious major away from him? That would hurt Trump in his most vulnerable spot: his boundless ego.

pulled the WGC Championships from Trump’s Doral resort in Miami, after a half-century-long run. Everyone involved denied that Trump’s politics were a factor … but the Tour came right out and said that Trump’s brand was the issue.” data-reactid=”46″>There’s also precedent involving Trump himself. Beyond the R&A’s decision to deny Trump an Open Championship because of his own words, multiple stateside tournaments have vacated Trump-owned properties because of the owner. Back in 2016, the PGA Tour — a separate organization from the PGA of America — pulled the WGC Championships from Trump’s Doral resort in Miami, after a half-century-long run. Everyone involved denied that Trump’s politics were a factor … but the Tour came right out and said that Trump’s brand was the issue.

“I know everybody’s talking about politics, but it’s actually not that, in my view,” then-PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said. “I think it’s more Donald Trump is a brand, a big brand, and when you’re asking a company to invest millions of dollars in branding a tournament and they’re going to share that brand with the host, it’s a difficult conversation.”

Translation: Cadillac didn’t want to share the Trump brand, and neither did any other major sponsor. (After news broke that the tournament would move to Mexico City, Trump responded on Fox News that he hoped the PGA Tour had “kidnapping insurance.” No one involved with the PGA Tour has been kidnapped during the WGC event.)

Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.’ data-reactid=”57″>Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.



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