Trump casts shadow over Doral's future as PGA Tour venue

Sat Mar 5, 2016 6:40pm EST
 
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has cast a shadow over the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami, even though he has yet to make an appearance at this week's edition as owner of the hosting venue.

Trump's polarizing words on the campaign trail have angered many people in the world of golf, and there is a possibility his Trump National Doral resort will not stage the elite World Golf Championships event after this year.

The PGA Tour has a contract with Doral through to 2023, but Cadillac is in the final year of its title sponsorship and does not plan to renew, leaving the path open for a new sponsor to take the tournament elsewhere.

Trump has made his party's establishment uneasy with his abrasive tone and policy positions, including his promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border, deport 11 million illegal immigrants and temporarily bar Muslims from entering the country.

And Trump's antagonistic comments have already cost him in the golfing world.

The elite PGA Grand Slam of Golf, a 36-hole stroke-play event that brings together the winners of the season's four majors, was scrapped last year due to complications over the proposed venue, Trump's National course in Los Angeles.

Trump was criticized for comments he made about undocumented immigrants from Mexico, whom he described as rapists and drug-runners when he launched his bid for the Republican nomination, and plans were made by organizers to seek out a different venue following a mutual agreement between Trump and the PGA of America.

Asked this week about Doral's future as a venue for the WGC event, the PGA Tour said in a statement: "Mr. Trump's comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf.   Continued...

 
Mar 5, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Donald Trump speaks before the start of the first round of the WGC - Cadillac Championship golf tournament at TPC Blue Monster at Trump National Doral. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports