PGA Golf Moves Tournament From Trump Resort In Florida, To MEXICO Out Of Spite (QUOTES)

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ESPN has announced that the PGA Tour will be leaving Miami and moving to Mexico City. The event had previously been held at the Trump-owned Doral Resort, but had to relocate due to sponsorship issues.

The PGA Tour’s commissioner, Tim Finchem, will be holding a press conference later this afternoon in order to announce the details later this afternoon. Doral has hosted the tour since 1962 and has seen some of golf’s most iconic moments. The chairman, Butch Buchholz, says the move was due to a lack of sponsors and was not undertaken lightly.  The PGA Tour had a 10-year contract with Trump’s resort which wasn’t set to expire until 2023, but it was based on continuing sponsorship and Cadillac declined to sponsor next year’s event.

‘I believe they are sincere when they said they didn’t want to leave an event with a 54-year history.  They’ve got an obligation to their board and they couldn’t find a sponsor, so they had to move. They don’t have a choice. [The PGA Tour] didn’t have a choice. If you don’t have a sponsor what can you do?”

The resort’s owner, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, discussed the move during an interview with Fox News.

“I just heard that the PGA Tour is taking their tournament out of Miami and moving it to Mexico. It’s at Doral … they used one of my places. They’re moving their tournament; it’s the Cadillac World Golf Championship. And Cadillac’s been a great sponsor, but they’re moving it to Mexico. They’re moving it to Mexico City which, by the way, I hope they have kidnapping insurance…But they’re moving it to Mexico City. And I’m saying, you know, what’s going on here? It is so sad when you look at what’s going on with our country.’

This move is a bit ironic since Trump has built a large part of his campaign around U.S. jobs leaving the country, not to mention his plan to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico.  The billionaire also took the opportunity to use the development as a chance to spread his campaign message releasing a statement saying:

‘It is a sad day for Miami, the United States and the game of golf, to have the PGA Tour consider moving the World Golf Championships, which has been hosted in Miami for the last 55 years, to Mexico. No different than Nabisco, Carrier and so many other American companies, the PGA Tour has put profit ahead of thousands of American jobs, millions of dollars in revenue for local communities and charities and the enjoyment of hundreds of thousands of fans who make the tournament an annual tradition. This decision only further embodies the very reason I am running for President of the United States.’

The PGA Tour has not commented on whether or not Trump’s conversational campaign stances had anything to do with the move to Mexico City, but it wouldn’t be the first time Trump’s controversial stances cost his golf courses money. In December of last year, the governing body of the The Open decided that Trump’s reputation was too toxic for them to host the event at Trump’s recently purchased Turnberry golf course