After opting to move away from Donald Trump’s New Jersey course, the PGA of America has found a new location for the 2022 PGA Championship.
Next year’s major tournament will take place at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the PGA of America announced on Monday night. The course has held the PGA Championship four times in the past, most recently in 2007.
The PGA of America selects Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., to host the 2022 PGA Championship from May 16-22. Excited to return to SHCC for the fifth time. The course offers a tough-but-fair test for the strongest field in golf. pic.twitter.com/Etkh81dC0X
— PGA of America (@PGA) January 25, 2021
The tournament is set to start on May 19, 2022. The last time the event was held there, Tiger Woods won the major by two strokes.
PGA moves to Tulsa after Capitol Attacks
Next year’s PGA Championship was initially set to be held at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, though the PGA of America voted earlier this month to “terminate the agreement” with Trump’s course after the attacks on the U.S. Capitol.
Violent pro-Trump protestors stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 in an effort to overturn the results of the election. Five people were killed in the attacks, including one Capitol police officer who was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher.
The House of Representatives has since impeached Trump for inciting the insurrection, and plenty in the sports world have condemned the former president for his actions.
“We find ourselves in a political situation not of our making,” PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh said in a statement. “We’re fiduciaries for our members, for the game, for our mission and for our brand. And how do we best protect that? 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.”
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