The aftermath of last week’s riot at the US Capitol in Washington DC has already cost Donald Trump his precious Twitter account, and now it seems to hit him in another place where it hurts: his love of golf.
Trump has been widely condemned for instigating the violent scenes in which five people, including a U.S. Capitol police officer, were killed on Wednesday when his supporters stormed the government building to desist Joe Biden as President-elect.
That criticism came not least from big tech companies who coordinated to ban the outgoing world leader from virtually every major online media platform.
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When Trump’s administration expires around noon Eastern Time on Jan. 20, one might expect him to type again and retire to one of his many golf courses.
But Trump’s love affair with the sport is expected to be put to the test after a PGA insider reported that the golf association will announce that the 2022 PGA championship will be relocated from Trump’s Bedminster club. Officials will announce the move soon after Trump’s White exit.
“The odds that the ’22 PGA Championship will take place in New Jersey as planned are about as good as the odds that you or I will win it,” wrote Eamon Lynch of Golfweek.
“Seth Waugh, the PGA of America’s CEO, was a banker and has a keen eye for high risk. He knows that Trumpism is likely to be an equally red-hot force in the 22 midterm elections, and that any affiliation is poisonous.
“Waugh will be forced to postpone the event and face a small but vocal faction of its members who continue to be true believers. Trump National majoring has been discussed internally at the PGA for more than two years, but the Executives hesitate. ” antagonize a famous vengeful man who controls the Internal Revenue Service. Such concerns will go away in 10 days, if not sooner. “
Trump is known to have many followers in golf, including names like Jack Nicklaus and John Daly who have pledged support, but Lynch believes the U.S. Capitol incident has taken Trump off the support of some of his most ardent player allies.
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“The events of January 6th, in which five people were killed, should make him a pariah everywhere. Even in golf,” he writes.
“Perhaps even worse is the reputation of Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam, who visited the White House to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the man who only the day before instigated the mob that killed a police officer.”