The recent announcements from the governing bodies of golf reframe the ambitions of the real estate and hotel magnate in the world of the little white ball.
In the cozy living room of the Saint-Andrews clubhouse, the venerable members of the Royal & Ancient – who dictate and oversee the universal rules of the game of golf – have decided: the legendary Ailsa Course at the Trump Turnberry complex (Scotland), where has already played the British Open four times (1977, 1986, 1994 and 2009), will not soon host the oldest tournament in the world. A decision made a few days after the attack on the Capitol, in the wake of that of the officials of the American professional golf (PGA), who withdrew from the Trump National of Bedminster (New Jersey) their USPGA 2022 championship. “Our brand was at stake”, explained Seth Waugh, general manager, sticking publicly to commercial reasons rather than evoking the political context.
In 2015, the Professional American Golf Association turned its back on Donald Trump for the first time, by canceling the PGA Grand Slam scheduled on the fairways of Trump National in Los Angeles (California).
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