The PGA tour have announced that the WGC-Cadillac Championship will move from Trump National Doral to Mexico City from next year.
Golf’s most influential organisation distanced themselves from Doral owner Donald Trump’s controversial views on Mexican immigrants, after the 69-year-old suggested a wall should be built on the United States border.
The Grand Slam of Golf was moved from Trump National in Los Angeles in October, while alternative venues have been considered for the WGC-Cadillac Championship after Republican presidential candidate Trump called for a “total and complete” ban on Muslims in the wake of a terrorist attack in San Bernadino, California.
As part of the move, the event will be renamed the WGC-Mexico Championship, and will be staged from March 2-5 in a seven-year deal with Grupo Salinas, although a venue has yet to be confirmed.
“It’s quite ironic we’re going to Mexico after being at Doral. We’ll just jump over the wall,” joked world number three Rory McIlroy, when asked about the move ahead of the Memorial Championship.
Doral has held a PGA Tour event for the last 55 years, while the WGC event began in 1999.
On Monday, Trump issued a statement which read: “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 have 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 revenues for local communities and charities and the enjoyment of hundreds and thousands of fans who make the tournament an annual tradition.”