We wish we could say it was Donald Trump's ignorance that caused this, but we'll take it regardless!
On Wednesday, the PGA Tour announced that it would be moving the World Golf Championships next year from Trump National Doral Miami to Mexico next year!
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What makes this such a momentous change is that the tournament has been held at Doral for 54 years — even after Trump bought the course and resort back in 2012. We guess it's proof that long standing traditions and values CAN be ruined in four years. We kid… kind of.
Surprisingly, the change of location has nothing to do with the presidential hopeful's DISGUSTING comments he's made while on the campaign trail. The move is actually occurring because a replacement sponsor could not be found after Cadillac's contract expired this year.
As a result, the Championships will be played at Club de Gold Chapultepec and will be retitled the Mexico Championship. This change is all part of a seven-year agreement with Grupo Salinas, a group of Mexico City-based businesses that are overseen by billionaire Ricardo Salinas.
The PGA Tour commissioner, Tim Finchem, even made sure to clarify that the move had nothing to do with politics or Trump's statements, as he said:
"As we anticipated, some of the reaction revolves around the feeling that somehow this is a political exercise, and it is not that in any way, shape, or form. It is fundamentally a sponsorship issue. We are a conservative organization. We value dollars for our players. We have a strong sense of fiduciary responsibility. So we make decisions that are in the best interests of our players, short term and long term."
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Tim went on to say:
"The decision made here was based on the reality that we were not able to secure sponsorship for next year's WGC at Doral or for out years for that matter. … So from a golf standpoint, we have no issues with Donald Trump. From a political standpoint, we are neutral. The PGA Tour has never been involved or cares to be involved in presidential politics. I had an involvement in presidential politics, but that was over 30 years ago, and this is not a political decision."
Whomp. The good news is, either way, the change means less money and attention for Donald!
What do you think of the PGA's tournament change?!
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