R&A says Trump Turnberry off Open rota for now

Hot on the heels of the announcement to move the 2022 PGA Championship away from the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, the R&A has revealed that Trump Turnberry will not be allowed to host any championships for the ‘foreseeable future’.

“We had no plans to stage any of our championships at Turnberry and will not do so in the foreseeable future,” said Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A.

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“We will not return until we are convinced that the focus will be on the championship, the players and the course itself and we do not believe that is achievable in the current circumstances.”

While there are no tournaments currently scheduled to be played at Trump Turnberry, it seems the R&A wanted to make it clear that after last week’s events in the US, the governing body would not be associating itself with the outgoing president of the United States.

With Turnberry out of the running, at least for now, to host the Open Championship, the list of courses on the rota will shrink to nine including St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Muirfield, Royal Portrush, and Royal Troon.

The 2021 Open Championship is set to tee-off on July 15th at Royal St. George’s following its cancellation due to COVID-19 last year.