The Open Will Not Return to Turnberry for Foreseeable Future
Following news overnight that the PGA of America had taken the 2022 PGA Championship away from Trump National Bedminster, the R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers has confirmed that the Donald Trump-owned Turnberry Resort will not be hosting The Open Championship (or indeed any R&A events) anytime soon.
In a statement, Slumbers said: “We had no plans to stage any of our championships at Turnberry and will not do so in the foreseeable future. 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.”
President Trump's ownership of the revered venue in Ayrshire has proven to be a contentious situation, an issue only heightened by the recent unrest seen at the US Capitol in Washington DC.
The Ailsa Course at Turnberry has hosted golf's oldest major on four occasions, including the legendary Duel in the Sun between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus in 1977. The Claret Jug was most recently contested for there in 2009, when a 59-year-old Watson almost produced the triumph of the century, before ultimately losing in a playoff to Stewart Cink.
Following The Trump Organisation's takeover in 2014, Turnberry has undergone a series of enhancements, both on the courses and facilities, which has been widely praised, with the Ailsa ranking among the finest layouts on the planet.
However, despite that quality, The Open will not be staged at the revamped Ailsa for many years to come.
Turnberry was also previously a seven-time host of the Senior Open and twice welcomed the Women's Open, most recently in 2015 when the great Inbee Park triumphed.
As for The Open Championship, which was postponed last year, the announced schedule of venues is;
2021 - Royal St George's
2022 - St Andrews
2023 - Royal Liverpool
2024 - Royal Troon
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