R&A Says Donald Trump's Turnberry Remains in British Open Rota

R&A Says Donald Trump’s Turnberry Remains in British Open Rota

Presidential contender Donald Trump looks on at the 16th green on the first day of the 2015 Women's British Open at Turnberry.
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When it comes to Donald Trump and his hotheaded comments, the R&A is keeping their cool.

R&A chief Martin Slumbers told Golfweek that the Trump-owned Turnberry course remains in the British Open rota, despite reports to the contrary.

“That pool has not changed,” Slumbers said. “Turnberry is still part of that pool of courses.”

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Golf’s governing bodies have been under pressure to distance themselves from the golf course developer turned Republican presidential frontrunner’s inflammatory rhetoric about Mexicans and Muslims, but Slumbers avoided wading into the campaign trail controversy.

“As an organization we have said that we believe golf should be open to all regardless of gender, race, nationality or religion,” Slumbers said. “I think Turnberry is a most wonderful course, a brilliant test of links golf, and it certainly ranks as one of the 10 best links courses that we have in this country. I don’t think it’s appropriate that we comment on political issues that flow into the game. I think we must stay focused on the golf.”

Slumbers said the earliest Turnberry could host the iconic tournament again would be 2022.