PGA Tour Moves Event From Trump Doral to Mexico
- Author: Sheila Mcguire Jun 13, 2016,
Jun 13, 2016, 9:46
The PGA Tour's World Golf Championships event had been sponsored by Cadillac since 2011.
According to The Herald, Finchem said the PGA hopes to bring the World Golf Championship back to Doral as soon as the organization finds "the right property to resume our long-term involvement in the community".
The WGC tournament is one of the biggest of the year, with players from around the world battling it out for a £6m purse.
In December, Tour officials seemed more critical of Trump, suggesting that they might find a new home for the event after Trump made disparaging comments about Mexicans and suggested banning Muslims from the U.S. World Cup, Champions Tour events, dot.com or new PGA Tour Latino America.
Trump, as he runs for presidency of the United States, has angered many people with his polarizing words on the campaign trail, including his promise to build a wall on the U.S.
He linked the move to decisions by some USA companies to move jobs to Mexico. He went on to criticize the US economy for being taken advantage of by Mexico. They're taking it - it's at Doral, it's at - they used one of my places.
Instead, the tournament's chairman says it's because the PGA Tour couldn't find a title sponsor to replace Cadillac, which informed the tour a year ago that it would not be renewing its sponsorship of the event, instead sponsoring the WGC Match Play tournament in Texas.
Trump's Doral golf course has hosted the golf tournament for the past 54 years. And Cadillac's been a great sponsor, but they're moving it to Mexico.
That prompted the PGA Tour to look further afield, with Mexico City entering the fray after agreement of a seven-year deal with Grupo Salinas, an alliance of Mexico City-based companies from the retail, television, telecommunications and other business sectors.
Trump purchased the golf resort in 2012 and led a multimillion-dollar renovation of its Blue Monster course where the PGA tournament has been played.
Trump spoke about the move in an interview Tuesday night with Sean Hannity of Fox News.
Trump, the Republican party's presumptive nominee, has promised to build a wall along the United States' southern border to keep out Mexicans who want to come to the US illegally. Cadillac has been the title sponsor for the event in recent years including this year's tournament in March. "I'll make more money".