ATLANTA – The PGA Tour has decided not to follow the NBA’s lead in North Carolina.
The NBA announced in July it planned to move next year’s All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of a state law that eliminated anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The NCAA and ACC followed suit earlier this month, pulling most of their postseason collegiate games and tournaments out of North Carolina.
On Tuesday at the Tour Championship, Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said that the circuit supports the stance of the NBA and other organizations, but he added there are no plans to move any tournaments out of North Carolina.
“[The Wells Fargo Championship] raises about $1.5 million right now for the Teach for America program in the inner city of Charlotte. Nobody else is going to put that money up,” Finchem said. “We'll be vocal about the legislation, but we're not going to interrupt a unique program that's doing the great work it's doing in Charlotte.”
The Wells Fargo Championship is scheduled to be played in Wilmington, N.C., in 2017, because the PGA Championship is being held at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte. Both the PGA Tour Champions and Web.com Tours have events in North Carolina.