Billionaire Donald Trump owns his share of luxury golf courses, but his presidential campaign has been so toxic that the Professional Golf Association has canceled plans to hold the 2017 World Golf Championship at Trump’s Doral course in Miami.
Instead, the PGA has announced, it will take the championship to Mexico City.
PGA Tour commissioner Timothy Finchem said Trump’s politics had made it “difficult” to attract sponsors.
“It’s fundamentally a sponsorship issue,” said Finchem. “Donald Trump is a brand, a big brand, and when you’re asking a company to invest millions of dollars in branding a tournament and they’re going to share that brand with the host, it’s a difficult decision.”
Luxury car maker Cadillac has reportedly not renewed its sponsorship deal.
As a result, the PGA Tour has signed a new seven-year sponsorship deal with Grupo Salinas, and the first WGC-Mexico Championship will held in March next year.
It will be the first time in 55 years that the championship has not been in Florida.
An angry Trump responded, “I hope they have kidnapping insurance.”