Hang around long enough and you’re bound to hear the old adage, “golf is a marathon, not a sprint.”
To that, Donald Trump seems to be saying, “See you at the finish line.”
Not only is Trump gobbling up premier golf properties like Pac-Man and engaging in, shall we say, spirited discussions with politicians and activists from County Clare to the Hudson Valley, he now appears to be in a race with himself.
At a press conference today at Trump Tower in New York, the man hisownself announced that Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey’s Somerset County will host the 2022 PGA Championship. The club already is scheduled to host the U.S. Women’s Open in 2017.
That’s the first announcement of a men’s major at the Trump course. However, The Donald also has agreed to purchase Turnberry, the scenic resort on the coast of Scotland near the home of poet Robbie Burns, who never once used the words “terrific” and “spectacular” in his work.
Turnberry already has hosted four Open Championships, including the famous 1977 “Duel in the Sun” where Tom Watson beat Jack Nicklaus, and the 2009 Open where Watson made a return charge only to bogey the 72nd hole and lose in a playoff to Stewart Cink.
As an integral venue on the Open Championship rotation, the Open likely will return to Turnberry before the 2022 PGA, giving Trump a two-for in the major championship department.