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The Open 2021: Donald Trump makes his latest case for an Open return to Turnberry

July 17, 2021

David Cannon/Courtesy of Turnberry

The Open has not returned to Turnberry since Stewart Cink beat Tom Watson in a playoff there in 2009. A return isn't expected anytime soon, either. The R&A has named Open venues through 2024, and Turnberry—purchased by Donald Trump in 2014—is not on that list.

The R&A has reiterated its plans not to return to Turnberry—saying in a statement six days after the U.S. Capitol was stormed that it wouldn’t return for “the foreseeable future” until the ruling body “is convinced that the focus will be on the championship, the players and the course itself and we do not believe that is achievable in the current circumstances.”

Trump doubled down on his stance that Turnberry—ranked 11th on Golf Digest’s most recent world rankings—should be awarded another Open Championship, releasing a statement on Saturday during the third round at Royal St. George’s.

Here’s the statement (in the below tweet):

The PGA of America moved next year’s PGA Championship from Trump Bedminster in New Jersey to Southern Hills after January’s events in Washington, D.C.

Trump Turnberry hosted the Women’s British Open in 2015 when the Ladies Golf Union hosted the championship. The LGU has since merged with the R&A, so the women’s major is not expected to go back to Turnberry any time soon.

Turnberry is ranked as the fourth-best course in Scotland on Golf Digest’s rankings after a significant renovation in 2015 by noted architecture firm Mackenzie & Ebert.