PGA of America Moves Tournament From Donald Trump's Course
The PGA of America will not host its year-end event at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles as a result of Donald Trump's statements regarding illegal immigrants earlier this month.
The Grand Slam of Golf is an exhibition hosted by the PGA of America where the season's four major winners compete in a 36-hole stroke play tournament. It had been hosted in Bermuda since 2007 and was set for its inaugural year at Trump's course in Los Angeles.
"The PGA of America met with Donald J. Trump yesterday and the parties mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of all not to conduct the 2015 PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National Los Angeles," read a statement released Tuesday. "The PGA of America is in the process of exploring options, including a venue for its annual PGA Junior League Golf Championship, and will comment further at the appropriate time."
At his presidential campaign announcement on July 1, Trump claimed Mexico is sending "people that have a lot of problems. And they're bringing those problems with us."
"They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people," he continued.
After his initial comments 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.
The Trump Organization also released a statement about the Grand Slam of Golf being moved.
"Due to the controversy surrounding statements made by Mr. Trump having to do with illegal immigrants pouring into the United States from Mexico and other parts of the world, Mr. Trump does not want his friends at the PGA of America to suffer any consequences or backlash with respect to the Grand Slam of Golf."
This news comes on the heels of ESPN announcing it would move its ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic, a tournament that will benefit the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, from Trump National Golf Club.
Speaking on Monday at a charity golf event at Ferry Point, his newest course in the Bronx, New York, Trump commented on ESPN changing the location.
"It's not a big deal," he said. "I haven't even heard about it."