PGA Tour plans venue switch after Trump remarks

Donald Trump plans a fresh legal challenge. Picture: Steve Pope/Getty Images
Donald Trump plans a fresh legal challenge. Picture: Steve Pope/Getty Images
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The PGA Tour is to consider alternative venues for the WGC-Cadillac Championship following Donald Trump’s latest controversial comments.

The Championship is to be staged at Trump’s National Doral Golf Course in Miami next March but may be moved elsewhere after 2016.

The announcement comes after course owner Trump, the leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, angered many people this week by calling for a “total and complete” ban on Muslims entering America.

In a statement issued to Golf.com, the PGA Tour said: “We continue to stand by our earlier statement, and the statement of other golf organisations, that Mr Trump’s comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf.

“The PGA Tour has had a 53-year commitment to the Doral community, the greater Miami area and the charities that have benefited from the tournament. Given this commitment, we are moving forward with holding the 2016 event at the Blue Monster.

“Immediately after the completion of the 2016 tournament, we will explore all options regarding the event’s future.”

This is not the first time Trump’s public statements have upset golfing organisations. In June the LPGA Tour, PGA of America, PGA Tour and USGA made a joint statement when Trump made inflammatory comments about Mexicans.

The PGA of America later decided to move the Grand Slam of Golf from the billionaire businessman’s Los Angeles course.