With two of President Donald Trump‘s golf courses slated to hold major championships later this year on the senior and women’s tours, a leading golf official is defending the decision to hold major championships on his courses.
In an interview with CNNMoney, PGA of America CEO Peter Bevacqua believes Trump has an overall positive impact on the sport, given his affinity for it.
“President Obama was good for the game. President Clinton was good for the game,” Bevacqua said, citing other past Presidents who liked to play golf. “I think President Trump, again, being a proponent of the game, understanding the power of the game, is good.”
The PGA of America awarded the Senior PGA Championship to Trump’s course near Washington, which will be played later this month. They also awarded the 2022 PGA Championship to Trump’s course in Bedminster, N.J. It will be the first men’s major championship to be played on a Trump course.
Bevacqua stood by the decision to play the prestigious tournaments on Trump courses.
“We go do venues that we think, and know, can conduct major championships on golf courses that have very demonstrably open membership policies,” Bevacqua said. “We’ve always kind of put our head down and said, hey, this is why we’re going to these championship sites, and we’re not going to become part of Presidential politics or any politics for that matter.”
The Bedminster course will also play host to the U.S. Women’s Open later this year. That tournament’s sites are chosen by the USGA, which has, like the PGA of America, held firm despite calls to move their tournament.
You can watch Bevacqua’s remarks above, via CNNMoney.
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