Trump gets dumped

PGA of Amer­ica pulls Grand Slam event in Oc­to­ber from Trump course in Los An­ge­les

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The PGA of Amer­ica is mov­ing its Grand Slam of Golf from Don­ald Trump’s golf course in Los An­ge­les, the first sig­nif­i­cant fall­out for golf from the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date’s com­ments on Mex­i­can im­mi­grants.

Trump and the PGA of Amer­ica met Mon­day. Both groups said they mu­tu­ally agreed not to hold the Grand Slam of Golf at Trump Na­tional Golf Club in Los An­ge­les on Oct. 19-21.

Trump said be­cause of the back­lash over his com­ments he does not want the PGA of Amer­ica to deal with any con­se­quences.

“I have great re­spect for the PGA of Amer­ica and ev­ery­thing they stand for,” Trump said in a state­ment.

The PGA Grand Slam is a 36hole ex­hi­bi­tion for the four ma­jor cham­pi­ons of the year. Jor­dan Spi­eth al­ready has qual­i­fied by win­ning the Mas­ters and U.S. Open. Martin Kaymer will be the al­ter­nate as the de­fend­ing cham­pion.

The PGA said it was ex­plor­ing op­tions on where to move the Grand Slam, along with its an- nual PGA Ju­nior League Golf Cham­pi­onship that also was to be held at Trump Na­tional Los An­ge­les. The Grand Slam was in Ber­muda from 2007 un­til last year.

NBC, Univi­sion and Macy’s are among sev­eral busi­nesses that al­ready have cut ties to Trump over his com­ments. The real es- tate mogul stood by his re­marks, is­su­ing a new state­ment Mon­day in which he said the Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment is “forc­ing their most un­wanted peo­ple into the United States” and claimed that in many cases, those peo­ple are “crim­i­nals, drug deal­ers, rapists, etc.”

On Mon­day, ESPN an­nounced it was mov­ing its ESPY Celebrity Golf Clas­sic from Trump’s course in Los An­ge­les to nearby Pel­i­can Hill.

“Di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion are core val­ues at ESPN and our de­ci­sion also sup­ports that com­mit­ment,” ESPN said.

Trump’s re­la­tion­ship with golf goes be­yond the PGA of Amer- ica, which also has its PGA Cham­pi­onship sched­uled for Trump Na­tional in New Jersey in 2022 and the Se­nior PGA Cham­pi­onship at Trump Na­tional out­side Washington in 2017. The U.S. Women’s Open is to be played at his New Jersey course in 2017.

The PGA Tour stages a World Golf Cham­pi­onship at Trump Na­tional Do­ral out­side Mi­ami each year.

The PGA Tour and USGA have de­clined com­ment on the fu­ture of their tour­na­ments go­ing to Trump cour­ses, ex­cept for dis­tanc­ing them­selves from Trump’s re­mark in a Golf Chan­nel in­ter­view that he has re­ceived sup­port from the golf in­dus­try be­cause “they know I’m right.”

The Ri­coh Women’s Bri­tish Open is to be played this year at Turn­berry, the links and re­sort on the west coast of Scot­land that Trump re­cently pur­chased and now calls Trump Turn­berry. LPGA Tour Com­mis­sioner Mike Whan has said there are no plans to change the venue.

Trump said los­ing the Grand Slam of Golf this year will give him time to re­build the Los An­ge­les course that fronts the Pa­cific Ocean.


In this March 10, 2015, file photo, Don­ald Trump speaks dur­ing a news con­fer­ence in Ran­cho Pa­los Verdes, Calif.

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