The PGA Tour have kept fairly quiet about Drumpf, that was until today.
They are expected to announce that the longtime PGA Tour event at Miami’s Drumpf Doral resort is leaving South Florida. What a kick in the teeth for the presidential hopeful. The site has been the host of a PGA Tour event since 1962 and this whole thing looks a bit like a parachute pull for golf’s premier organisation. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem will announce the details of the move later today, with one serious detail expected in the statement. Mexico.
Drumpf’s trademark appearance at this year’s WGC-Cadillac Championship seemed to signal his infallibility amongst the golfing community, the ultimate WASP enclave. This was confirmed in a recent study which found professional golfers overwhelmingly supported the Republican candidate.
Reports are saying that the tournament will move to Mexico for 2017 and it’s weirdly punishing for a man who doesn’t muddle words on America’s neighbour. “Building a wall” has never been far from the narrative, well now Donald finds himself on the wrong side of his figurative fence.
Chin up you might say, well Donnie responded in typical fashion:
“I just heard that the PGA Tour is taking their tournament out of Miami and moving it to Mexico,” Drumpf said. “They’re moving it to Mexico City which, by the way, I hope they have kidnapping insurance. But they’re moving it to Mexico City. And I’m saying, you know: ‘What’s going on here?’ It is so sad when you look at what’s going on with our country.”
Drumpf purchased Doral in 2012 and spent $250m on a redevelopment, proof that amongst the bullshit, he has brought more investment to the sport than anyone in history. A contract with Doral is in place until 2023 with one small caveat, the venue can change if a new sponsor comes forward. With Cadillac’s association about to finish, it is likely Grupo Salinas will pull the plug on the iconic venue.
It’s hard to say how involved the PGA really are. Previous comments would suggest that this move is a culmination of a stance they’ve been forced to adopt. Ultimately the sponsors influence the decision, but this is an interesting development in the Drumpf pantomime.
The PGA Tour’s previous statement:
“Mr Drumpf’s comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf,” the statement read. “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. Immediately after the completion of the 2016 tournament, we will explore all options regarding the event’s future.”