PGA of America selects Southern Hills as Bedminster replacement

The PGA of America has chosen the Southern Hills Country Club as the replacement course for the 2022 US PGA Championship.

The venue in Tulsa, Oklahoma will stage the tournament for a fifth time, with the major championship returning to the region for the first time since Tiger Woods claimed victory at Southern Hills in 2007.

The PGA of America opted to terminate its contract with Donald Trump’s Bedminster course at the beginning of the year after the 45th President of the United States incited his supporters to storm the Capitol Building. The march saw five people lose their lives, including a police officer.

Seth Waugh, CEO of the PGA of America, told the Associated Press that the ‘damage could have been irreparable’ if it stuck with Bedminster as the competition’s host.

“Excited to return to SHCC for the fifth time,” the PGA of America posted on Twitter. “The course offers a tough-but-fair test for the strongest field in golf.”

Southern Hills was set to host the 2030 edition of the PGA Championship but the change in venue for the 2022 tournament may prompt a reshuffle. The PGA’s future list of sites has now labelled 2030 as ‘TBD’.

In total, the course has hosted seven major men’s championships, including three US Opens and four PGA Championships. It also held the Tour Championship in 1995 and 1996 consecutively.