SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - Trump National Golf Club is scheduled to host the PGA Championship at Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey in 2022, but you won’t find the Trump National banner among those the PGA is hanging at Whistling Straits this week to showcase its future venues.
PGA chief executive officer Pete Bevacqua was asked Wednesday what media should make of that.
“I would say you're to make nothing of it,” Bevacqua said. “We are scheduled to go to Trump Bedminster for our PGA Championship in 2022. As you said, we have announced that. It's a wonderful facility. It’s two great golf courses.
“Obviously, everybody in this room's aware of the situation. And presidential politics, that is something we don't want to get involved in. We're not here to talk about presidential politics. We're certainly here to focus on this year's PGA Championship, but we have a relationship in terms of our 2017 Senior PGA Championship presented by Kitchen Aid in the Washington, D.C., area and the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster. Both of those are scheduled.”
The Senior PGA Championship is scheduled to be played at Trump National in Potomac Falls, Va., in 2017.
The PGA did announce last month that the Grand Slam of Golf won’t be played at Trump National Golf Club later this year, as previously scheduled. The organization said Trump mutually agreed the event should be moved in the wake of controversy over remarks he made about Mexico and illegal immigration. The new site of that event has yet to be announced.
Bevacqua was asked directly what the PGA’s reaction was to Trump’s remarks about immigration.
“We have a relationship with the Trump organization as a golf entity,” Bevacqua said. “That's what we're focused on . . . . If you look at the entities in golf, whether it's us or our friends at the PGA Tour, the USGA, the European Tour, our friends at the R & A, the Trump organization is certainly a factor in golf, there's no doubt about that. The Trump organization is also an employer of PGA of America members - that’s critical - in their wonderful facilities.
“I would tell you, as busy as they have been and his team has been, I think presidential politics are probably more top of mind than golf. But we're in constant communication, as much as we can be. We're monitoring the situation, as we have said publicly. We certainly don't comment necessarily on presidential politics. We don't agree with everything that's been said or done, but we're monitoring the situation and we made the one decision about the Grand Slam, and we haven't made really more decisions than that, other than what's already previously scheduled.”