PGA Tour Cuts Ties To Donald Trump, Moves Event To Mexico City


PGA Tour Cuts Ties To Donald Trump, Moves Event To Mexico City

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Officials from the PGA Tour have announced that they will no longer be holding their events at the “Trump National Doral Miami” golf course.

The PGA previously held their Cadlillac World Golf Championship at Doral, a course now owned by Donald Trump, since 1962. For next year’s event, the organization will move their tournament to Mexico City, a decision that many critics see as a direct response to Trump’s offensive comments about immigrants.
There have been rumors that the PGA might move from the venue ever since last December when they publicly distanced themselves from Trump. Following the presidential candidate’s controversial announcement that he would consider banning Muslim immigrants from entering the country, representatives for the PGA contacted Golf.com with this statement:

“Mr. Trump’s comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf.”

Mayor Carlos Gimenez (Miami-Dade) says the move was definitely inspired by anti-Trump sentiment. “There was a time when Donald Trump was kind of toxic, and maybe toxic to the PGA. They thought they may have difficulty in getting sponsors,” Gimenez told reporters for The Miami Herald. “At the time, they thought Cadillac was going to pull out. By moving the venue, they thought it would be easier to get sponsors and raise more money.”

But World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship chairman Butch Buchholz disagrees with that assessment. “Cadillac was going to leave. It had nothing to do with Trump.”
Representatives for the Trump Organization have also claimed that they have “an unbelievable relationship with Cadillac”. Donald Trump himself discussed the situation with Fox News on Tuesday:

“I just heard that the PGA Tour is taking their tournament out of Miami and moving it to Mexico… They’re moving their tournament; it’s the Cadillac World Golf Championship. And Cadillac’s been a great sponsor, but they’re moving it to Mexico. They’re moving it to Mexico City which, by the way, I hope they have kidnapping insurance.

“But they’re moving it to Mexico City. And I’m saying, you know, what’s going on here? It is so sad when you look at what’s going on with our country.”

Trump’s already getting flack for his “kidnapping insurance” joke; unfortunately, it’s not entirely unjustified for some golfers to be worried. At a previous PGA Tour event in Mexico City, six of the players were robbed at gunpoint.
Trump followed his previous comments with a press release on Wednesday:
“It is a sad day for Miami, the United States and the game of golf… No different than Nabisco, Carrier and so many other American companies, the PGA Tour has put profit ahead of thousands of American jobs, millions of dollars in revenue for local communities and charities and the enjoyment of hundreds of thousands of fans who make the tournament an annual tradition. This decision only further embodies the very reason I am running for President of the United States.”
It’s been rumored that the Grupo Salinas conglomerate will be sponsoring the event now that Cadillac has pulled their funding. Representatives for Cadillac have yet to comment on the situation.