The PGA Tour is moving a major tournament from Trump National Doral golf resort in Miami to a course in Mexico City, a new report says.
The decision to move the major golf tournament, formerly known as World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, was made after Cadillac withdrew its sponsorship and was replaced by Mexican conglomerate Grupo Salinas, the Golf Channel reported.
Donald Trump slammed the move on Fox News on Tuesday night. “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,” he said.
On Wednesday, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, Trump, released a statement criticizing the move:
“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 outgoing chairman of the event, Butch Buchholz, confirmed the decision to move the event to Mexico after the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) couldn’t find a title sponsor to replace Cadillac.
“If you don’t have a sponsor, what can you do?” he asked.
In December, the PGA suggested it would consider moving the event after 2016 following Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric around Mexican immigrants and his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
“Mr. Trump’s comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf,” a statement released by the group read.
The move by group has angered local politicians. The tournament has been held in Miami since 1962.
Underlining the charitable and business contributions that the tournament brings to the area, Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez urged the group to reconsider not moving.
“The PGA has been a great partner in Miami-Dade, making long-term pledges to the United Way and First Tee of South Florida,” he said.
“It is disappointing to learn that these charitable causes are now left without those valued contributions. What is equally disappointing is that the businesses in the City of Doral, and throughout our county, will no longer have the opportunity to take advantage of a world-class event, and the economic benefits it brings.”