Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports
The fallout from Donald Trump’s statements about illegal immigration continued Thursday as the PGA announced that it was cancelling the 2015 edition of the Grand Slam of Golf. The event was originally scheduled to be played in October at Trump’s National Golf Club in Los Angeles, but in July the PGA announced that the event would not be played at the course following Trump’s comments.
The PGA of America released this statement:
Due to the timing and logistics needed to stage the PGA Grand Slam of Golf to the highest standards, we are disappointed that we will not be able to conduct the event this year. This was a memorable year for major championship golf and the PGA of America congratulates Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson and Jason Day on their impressive wins. We look forward to conducting the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in 2016.
The Grand Slam of Golf is an annual end-of-year tournament which pits that year’s major winners against each other. The scheduled participants for this year’s event were Jordan Spieth (Master’s, US Open), Zach Johnson (Open), and Jason Day (PGA Championship). Since Spieth won two majors, there was a spot for a fourth player and Martin Kaymer had been invited to fill that spot since he won last year’s Grand Slam of Golf.
While certainly not a high-ranking PGA tournament, this is essentially the Confederations Cup of Golf. I’m sure the expected competitors won’t mind the additional week off (but they also wouldn’t mind getting at least $200,000 simply for showing up). It will be interesting to see where the PGA of America chooses the 2016 tournament (and beyond) to be. The event had been played in Bermuda or Hawaii from 1994-2014 so they could look to an island location next year.