The tension between Donald Trump and golf’s leading bodies is growing thicker, as evidenced most recently by a snarky letter Trump penned to LPGA commissioner Mike Whan this week.
In the letter, Trump offers Whan the opportunity to move the 2015 Ricoh Women’s British Open to a course other than Trump Turnberry in Scotland, which is scheduled to host the event beginning July 30. Trump's offer may be misguided, however. The Ricoh Women's British Open is organized by the Ladies Golf Union (LGU) and is co-sanctioned by both the LPGA and the Ladies European Tour.
Trump's letter comes after the following statement was released by the LPGA on July 7:
“At the current time, plans are to continue to stage the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry. With just three weeks until the championship, a change in venue for this prestigious major simply isn’t feasible without significantly diminishing the event. By no means, however, does this decision suggest support for Mr. Trump’s comments. The LPGA will continue its commitment to diversity and inclusion in the game of golf as it has done for the last 65 years.”
Here is the text from Trump’s letter to Whan, dated July 13. Whan was not immediately available for comment regarding the offer.
Last month, Trump made inflammatory comments about Mexican immgrants at his presidential campaign announcement. After his speech sparked an outrage, Trump told the Golf Channel he had received "tremendous support" from the golf world because "they all know I'm right." The four major governing bodies later released a joint statement distancing themselves from Trump's remarks, and the PGA of America and ESPN have since moved future events from Trump-owned venues.