Trump, PGA Reach Settlement Over Tourney Snub

Trump, PGA Reach Settlement Over Tourney Snub Trump, PGA Reach Settlement Over Tourney Snub A sign is seen at an entrance to Trump National Golf Club. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

Jan Wolfe Tuesday, 28 December 2021 06:27 PM

Former President Donald Trump has resolved a dispute with the PGA of America over the golf association's decision earlier this year to pull a major professional tournament from a Trump-owned golf course, the PGA of America said.

In a press release, the PGA said it had reached a confidential settlement with the Trump Organization that resolves legal claims stemming from its decision in the wake of the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol to shun Trump's golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

"While the terms of the settlement will remain confidential, representatives from both the PGA and the Trump Organization expressed satisfaction with the agreement," the press release stated.

The PGA of America said on Jan. 10 it was stripping Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, of the 2022 PGA Championship, one of four major tournaments on the annual golf calendar, following a vote by its board of directors.

“It has become clear that conducting the PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster would be detrimental to the PGA of America brand,” PGA of America President Jim Richerson said in a video announcing the decision.

Four people died on the day of the Jan. 6 riots, and one Capitol police officer died the next day of injuries suffered while defending Congress. More than 100 police officers were injured in the multi-hour onslaught by Trump supporters, and four officers have since taken their own lives.

More than 700 people have been arrested in connection with the attack on the Capitol.

The press release did not say whether Trump golf courses will host future PGA tournaments.

"We look forward to continuing to support the mission of the PGA and its Professionals, who are the best in the golf industry," Eric Trump, a son of the former president and a Trump Organization executive, said in a statement included as part of the press release.

The PGA in its statement expressed appreciation for the Trump Organization’s "contribution to the golf community" and said the organization has "some of the finest private and public golf courses anywhere in the world," The Hill reported.

The Trump Organization has "great respect for the work of the PGA" and will continue supporting its mission, Eric Trump said, according to The Hill.

Newsmax staffer Jack Gournell contributed to this report.