Donald Trump furious after golf competition is transferred to Mexico
Republican governmental candidate Donald Trump, a golf resort developer who has railed versus Mexico in the 2016 campaign, lost a vital golf tournament to that country after the PGA Tour stated it would leave his Trump Doral course in Miami.
The PGA Tour stated it was not a political choice, Trump said in a statement the relocation was akin to choices by some U.S. business to move jobs to Mexico, which has actually been a refrain of his presidential campaign.
"The PGA Tour has put revenue ahead of countless American tasks, millions of dollars in revenue for regional communities and charities and the pleasure of hundreds of thousands of fans who make the tournament a yearly tradition," he stated.
"This decision only even more embodies the very reason I am running for president of the United States."
The PGA said the World Golf Championship event would move from Trump National Doral to a website in Mexico City and be sponsored by the Grupo Salinas Corporation.
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said the move was needed "as soon as it became apparent that we would not be able to protect sponsorship at levels that would sustain the occasion and assist it grow at Trump National Doral."
"From a golf perspective, we have no issues with Donald Trump. From a political viewpoint, we are neutral. The PGA Tour has never been included or cares to be associated with governmental politics," Finchem told a news conference in Dublin, Ohio.
Cadillac has been the title sponsor for the occasion in the last few years including this year's tournament in March. Cadillac representatives did not react to a request for remark.
Trump's son Eric Trump said Cadillac had been willing to continue.
"Cadillac is ready, ready and able to continue as title sponsor for the tournament," he told Reuters. "And I also can say that Cadillac is a fantastic company and a longtime partner to the Trump Organization and we have a flawless relationship."
The Doral competition is among the most significant pro golf occasions of the year, drawing top golfers from all over the world competing for a $6 million purse. The Doral course has hosted a PGA tournament since 1962.
Trump, whose golf empire consists of 18 courses, acquired the golf resort in 2012 and led a $250 million renovation of its Blue Monster course where the PGA tournament has been played.
The news about Doral appeared on the exact same day that Trump announced he would step away from the project trail later this month to travel to Scotland for the resuming of the Turnberry golf resort, which he purchased in 2014.