PGA Tour Removing WGC From Trump Doral

Well, that took long enough. In an unexpected and oddly timed announcement, the PGA Tour has finally stuck to its guns in regard to the its stance on the controversial Republican...

Well, that took long enough. In an unexpected and oddly timed announcement, the PGA Tour has finally stuck to its guns in regard to the its stance on the controversial Republican presidential candidate.

Bob Harig of ESPN reports that the event taking the place of the WGC-Cadillac at Trump Doral will be the WGC-Mexico Championship in Mexico City, and it will be held March 2-5 next year. No venue has been chosen, nor is there a title sponsor to replace Cadillac.

From Harig’s report:

“Some of the reaction revolves around the feeling that this is political exercise, and it is not that in any way, shape or form,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said during a news conference at the Memorial Tournament. “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.

“At the same time, we had an opportunity to build what we think is going to be a spectacular event in an area that is strategically important to the growth of the sport and the activity of the PGA Tour that has been focused in South America and Central America for the last good number of years.”

Donald Trump was aware of the Tour’s intentions to move the event from Trump Doral, and he made his position known during an interview with Fox News Tuesday night. Tim Finchem said that Trump’s remarks to Fox News hastened the move.

Moving the event this quickly without a venue and without a sponsor to . . . Mexico. I wonder what prompted that location. What was it my mother said about “cutting your nose off to spite your face”? I can’t remember. Oh well, good luck, PGA Tour!

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    Dean Walker
    11 November 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Pretty lousey decision from the PGA Tour in my view.

    I think the blue monster was a great venue and provided a huge amount of drama, especially with the closing stretch.

    Its a proper ball strikers course. You’ve only got to see all the winners down the years to appreciate that.

    It’s a shame that politics could potentially lessen this great event.

    Dean Walker
    http://www.golfintheuk.com

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