Golf got political.
The World Golf Championships have been held at the Doral course in Miami since the 1960’s.
In 2017 they will held in Mexico, supposedly for financial reasons. Almost no one believes that bologna, the tournament was moved to spite Trump who owns the course in Miami.
Politics and sports don’t mix well. Never have.
Cross-border migration has long gotten presumptive Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump hot under the collar — and in this particular instance more so than most.
The PGA Tour is moving a key tour date away from a course owned by the reality TV show star, golf resort developer and real estate billionaire — and relocating it to Mexico.
PGA pulls out of Trump golf course over comments.
Trump broke the news himself, on Fox News anchor Sean Hannity’s show, getting in a few customary digs about the decision.
“I just heard that the PGA Tour is taking their tournament out of Miami and moving it to Mexico,” hesaid. “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’s so sad when you look what’s going on with our country.”
In a statement released later, he added: “It is a sad day for Miami, the United States and the game of golf to have the PGA Tour consider moving (from Doral) 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.”
The World Golf Championship tournament — a top-tier event second only in prominence to the sport’s four annual majors — has been held at Miami’s Doral resort since the 1960s, but will be moved to the Mexican capital in 2017, to a course to be confirmed, and renamed the WGC-Mexico Championship.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem insisted that the decision was a financial one, and not related to Trumps’ political ambitions.
“Some of the reaction revolves around the feeling that this is political exercise, and it is not that in any way, shape or form,” Finchem said during a press conference.
“The decision here was based on the reality that we are not able to secure sponsorship for next year’s WGC at Doral or for years out for that matter.”
Trump hasn’t been elected yet and he’s got people flooding across the border into Mexico.
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