If you haven’t realized by now, Donald Trump isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind and that’s especially true when Trump is defending himself from a perceived slight from anybody. In this case, it’s the PGA Tour that has offended Trump by not only moving their WGC-Cadillac Championship tournament from his Trump Doral golf course in Florida, but by moving it to Mexico City of all places.
The Miami Herald spoke with Butch Buchholz, tournament chairman of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National, who said that he thinks the tournament organizers are leaving Trump’s course reluctantly and didn’t “have a choice” in the matter.
“I believe they are sincere when they said they didn’t want to leave an event with a 54 year history,” Buchholz said. “They’ve got an obligation to their board and they couldn’t find a sponsor so they had to move. They don’t have a choice. The PGA Tour didn’t have a choice, If you don’t have a sponsor what can you do?”
Still, Trump took the news poorly and in an appearance on Fox News’ Sean Hannity Show took a jab at Mexico and the PGA Tour by telling Hannity, “by the way, I hope they have kidnapping insurance.”
“It is a sad day for Miami, the United States and the game of golf, to have the PGA Tour consider moving the World Golf Championships, which has been hosted in Miami for the last 55 years, to Mexico,” Trump said in a statement. “No different than Nabisco, Carrier and so many other American companies, the PGA Tour has put profit ahead of thousands of American jobs, millions of dollars in revenue for local communities and charities and the enjoyment of hundreds of thousands of fans who make the tournament an annual tradition. This decision only further embodies the very reason I am running for President of the United States.”
The tournament has been held in Doral since 1962.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is scheduled to address the news during a press conference at 4:30 p.m. ET today.
Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for any of his other three teams.