Presumptive Republican presidential nominee and self-described brilliant businessman Donald J. Trump is very angry at the PGA Tour. On June 1, professional golf’s governing body announced that they would be moving a major tournament from a Trump course to — wait for it — Mexico.
Golf-loving Trump announced the news during a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity.
I just heard the PGA Tour is taking their tournament out of Miami, and moving it to Mexico… They’re moving it to Mexico City. Which by the way, I hope they have kidnapping insurance.
He later issued a statement expanding on that comment.
It is a sad day for Miami, the United States and the game of golf to have the PGA Tour consider moving to Mexico. No different than Nabisco, Carrier and so many other American companies, the PGA Tour has put profit ahead of thousands of American jobs.
Trump’s Doral golf course in Florida has been the home to the World Golf Championship, which is considered one of the sport’s top events, since 2007. But since Cadillac announced they would no longer sponsor the event the PGA Tour has had difficulty in securing a company to replace them.
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem denied that the move had anything to do with Trump’s campaign for president, or some of the statements he has made during his run. He said,
From a golf standpoint we have no issues with Donald Trump. From a political standpoint we are neutral. PGA Tour has never been involved or cares to be involved in presidential politics.
But Finchem also said that the rhetoric of the GOP candidate might be the reason a new sponsor has been difficult to find.
Donald Trump is a brand — a big brand — and when you are asking a [sponsor] to invest millions of dollars in branding a tournament and they’re going to share that brand with a host . . . it’s a difficult conversation. The politics may have contributed some since he’s been running.
Trump lied to the crowd about the move at a campaign rally in California, telling them that Cadillac wanted to continue to sponsor the event. The Washington Post reports Cadillac announced in 2015 that its commitment to the tournament would end after 2016.
As for the golfers, many seem fine with the change. Former tournament winner Phil Mickelson said, “[I]t does offer an opportunity to take a World Golf Championship outside the United States and bring world-class golf to Mexico City.”
But Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy wins the prize for the best comment about the move:
It’s quite ironic that we’re going to Mexico after being at Doral. We’ll just jump over the wall.
Here’s what Trump told the crowd in Sacramento, California about the PGA Tour’s decision, via The Washington Post:
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