Dear Commons Community,
This is something a little different for this blog. It was announced that the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour is moving a key tour date away from a course owned by Donald Trump and relocating it to Mexico.
According to CNN:
The World Golf Championship tournament — a top-tier event — has been held at Miami’s Doral resort since the 1960s, but will be moved to Mexico City in 2017, to a course to be confirmed, and renamed the WGC-Mexico Championship.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem insisted that the decision was a financial one, and not related to Trumps’ political ambitions.
“Some of the reaction revolves around the feeling that this is political exercise, and it is not that in any way, shape or form,” Finchem said during a press conference.
“The decision here was based on the reality that we are not able to secure sponsorship for next year’s WGC at Doral or for years out for that matter.”
Trump’s response was:
“I just heard that the PGA Tour is taking their tournament out of Miami and moving it to Mexico,” he 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’s so sad when you look what’s going on with our country.”
The big question is why deep-money sponsors have not come forward. Could it have anything to do with not wanting to associate themselves with Trump?
Professional golfer Rory Mcllroy, however, had that best line:
“It’s quite ironic that we’re going to Mexico after being at Doral,” McIlroy said. “We just jump over the wall.”