Trump course loses PGA Grand Slam
Donald’s Trump’s controversial comments have resulted in Trump National losing hosting rights to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
Last week, several golf organisations in the US moved to distance themselves from presidential hopeful Trump’s comments on Mexican immigrants.
And on Tuesday, it was announced the Grand Slam of Golf – a 36-hole event contested by the year’s major champions – would not take place as scheduled at Trump National in Los Angeles on October 20-21.
A statement from the PGA of America read: “The PGA of America met with Donald J Trump yesterday and the parties mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of all not to conduct the 2015 PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National, Los Angeles.
“The PGA of America is in the process of exploring options, including a venue for its annual PGA Junior League Golf Championship (due to take place earlier in the week) and will comment further at the appropriate time.”
Last month, Trump aired his views on immigration as he announced his decision to stand for president.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you,” he said.
“They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Last week, Trump told the Golf Channel: “(I have) tremendous support from the golf world because they all know I’m right. I’ve been great to golf. I’ve been investing while everybody else was fleeing.”
However, a day later the PGA of America, PGA Tour, USGA and LPGA issued a joint statement which read: “In response to Mr Trump’s comments about the golf industry ‘knowing he is right’ in regards to his recent statements about Mexican immigrants, we feel compelled to clarify that those remarks do not reflect the views of our organisations.
“While the LPGA, PGA of America, PGA Tour and USGA do not usually comment on Presidential politics, Mr Trump’s comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf.”
Trump National in Los Angeles is far from the only course owned by the American businessman to have hosted a top golf tournament.
Trump National Doral in Miami hosts the WGC-Cadillac Championship and the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open is played at Trump International Golf Club in Puerto Rico.
Trump National in New Jersey will host the 2017 US Women’s Open and the 2022 US PGA Championship.
The Senior PGA Championship will be played at Trump National Golf Club in Virginia in 2017, while The Barclays is being played at Trump Golf Links Ferry Point outside New York City.
Trump also owns Turnberry in southwestern Scotland, which is on the Open Championship rota, last hosting the major tournament in 2009.
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