Matt Cohen | Site Editor
The PGA of America is moving its Grand Slam of Golf from Donald Trump’s golf course in Los Angeles.
The PGA of America is sending Donald Trump a message, loud and clear: “You’re fired.”
Trump met with the organization on Monday and both sides agreed it would be best to not play the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National Golf Club. The decision comes in the wake of Trump’s controversial comments about illegal immigrants at his presidential campaign announcement July 1st.
The Trump Organization released a statement about the Grand Slam of Golf being moved:
“Due to the controversy surrounding statements made by Mr. Trump having to do with illegal immigrants pouring into the United States from Mexico and other parts of the world, Mr. Trump does not want his friends at the PGA of America to suffer any consequences or backlash with respect to the Grand Slam of Golf.”
The Republican presidential candidate adds that it will give him more time to rebuild his golf course along the Pacific Ocean.
Here’s the statement from the PGA of America:
“The PGA of America met with Donald J. Trump yesterday and the parties mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of all not to conduct the 2015 PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National Los Angeles. The PGA of America is in the process of exploring options, including a venue for its annual PGA Junior League Golf Championship, and will comment further at the appropriate time.”
Still to be determined is where the PGA will move the Grand Slam, which is to be held Oct. 20-21. It had been in Bermuda since 2007. The event is an exhibition hosted by the PGA of America where the season’s four major winners compete in a 36-hole stroke play tournament.
The news is the latest in a series of bad PR for Trump. On Monday, ESPN announced it was moving its ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump’s course in Los Angeles to nearby Pelican Hill.
“Diversity and inclusion are core values at ESPN and our decision also supports that commitment,” ESPN said.
NBC, Univision and Macy’s are among several businesses that already have cut ties to Trump over his comments. The real estate mogul stood by his remarks, issuing a new statement Monday in which he said the Mexican government is “forcing their most unwanted people into the United States” and claimed that in many cases, those people are “criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.”
Whether it’s Bubba Watson announcing he’s painting over the Confederate flag on his “General Lee” Dodge Charger or the ongoing fallout from Donald Trump’s controversial comments, the line between golf and politics has become blurred over the past week.
What do you make of all this? Should golf stay out of politics, or do you support the decision by the PGA of America to get rid of ‘The Donald?’ Furthermore, should the PGA Tour ditch Trump too? Trump Doral has hosted the WGC-Cadillac Championship since 2007.
We definitely want to hear your take – either in the comments below, social media or by uploading a video. We know this is a hot button issue, so try and keep cool.