R&A: Trump Turnberry will not host Open Championship in ‘foreseeable future’
The R&A announced in a statement Monday morning that they will not host any of their championships at Trump Turnberry for the foreseeable future. The announcement comes on the heels of the PGA of America’s Sunday-night decision to move the 2022 PGA Championship from Trump Bedminster in Bedminster, N.J.
“We had no plans to stage any of our championships at Turnberry and will not do so in the foreseeable future,” Chief Executive of the R&A Martin Slumbers said in a statement.
Although there are no R&A events scheduled the be hosted at Turnberry in the immediate future, the announcement makes it clear that the governing body has no plans to take any of their championships to the historic course owned by the outgoing president of the United States.
Turnberry last hosted a major championship in 2015 as Inbee Park won the Women’s Open Championship by three shots. The Open Championship also has a storied history at Turnberry, hosting the championship four times, most recently in 2009.
Donald Trump bought the course in 2014 for a price of $60 million and it was renamed Trump Turnberry.
“We will not return until we are convinced that the focus will be on the championship, the players and the course itself,” Slumbers said. “We do not believe that is achievable in the current circumstances.”
The announced exclusion of Turnberry from the Open Championship rota shrinks the list of courses from 10 to nine. The 2021 Open Championship is scheduled to be hosted July 11-18 at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, England.