News & ToursJuly 7, 2015

PGA of America becomes first big stakeholder to dump Trump course from hosting an event

Know a course interested in hosting four high-profile tour pros in October for a couple days of mildly competitive golf? You might try giving officials at the PGA of America a call as they look for a new place to play the 2015 PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

And don't mention Donald Trump as a reference.

The PGA of America announced Tuesday that it will not be holding the 2015 event at Trump National Golf Club - Los Angeles as previously scheduled. The course had been named the site of the two-day competition, which annually pits the winners of the year's four major championships, in March. The event had been held the past seven years in Bermuda.

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The decision to change venues comes in the wake of inflammatory comments made by Trump, who owns the course, regarding Mexican immigrants when announcing his 2016 presidential bid last month. Golf's connections to Trump were called into question as other businesses associated with the real estate mogul announced they were distancing themselves from him if not cutting ties altogether.

The PGA of America, along with the USGA, PGA Tour and LPGA, had already come out condemning Trump's comments in a release issued last week. All four stakeholders have events held at Trump-owned courses. The PGA of America, however, is the first to go so far as to remove an event from a Trump course.

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In a two-sentence release, the association said that both parties mutually agreed to moving the event. No replacement site was announced, with the PGA of America saying it was exploring options.

In a separate release issued by the Trump Organization, Trump acknowledged that he didn't want the PGA of America "to suffer any consequences or backlash with respect to the Grand Slam of Golf."

The PGA of America will also not be playing the 2015 PGA Junior League Golf Championship at Trump National L.A., which was also to be part of the October event.

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