Following Donald Trump’s derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants during his speech for candidacy for presidency, the PGA of America announced that the 2015 Grand Slam of Golf will not be held at the Trump National Golf Club.
Trump and the PGA of America met Monday to decide the fate of the sporting event, scheduled to take place in Los Angeles from October 19-21. Both sides agreed to move the venue of the competition to another location.
In a statement, the PGA said, “The PGA of America met with Donald J. Trump yesterday and the parties mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of all not to conduct the 2015 PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National — Los Angeles.”
Trump emphasized that he did not want the PGA of America to suffer because of the controversy surrounding his comments. In a statement, the business tycoon said, “I have great respect for the PGA of America and everything they stand for. This also allows me the time to rebuild the golf course in Los Angeles, fronting the Pacific Ocean and considered to be one of the finest parcels of land anywhere in the United States, into the course I always wanted it to be.”
According to ESPN, the PGA Grand Slam is an annual golf tournament wherein the four major champions of the year compete against one another for the coveted prize. While Jordan Spieth has qualified by triumphing in the Masters and U.S. Open, Martin Kaymer is the first alternate as the defending champion.
Other alternate locations were being considered for the golfing tournament. The annual PGA Junior League Golf Championship was also scheduled to be held at the Trump National Los Angeles.
From 2007 until last year, the PGA Golf stayed in Bermuda.
The controversy birthed from Trump’s presidential campaign last month, where he made insulting comments about Mexican immigrants, referring to them as “rapists.”
“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” Trump had said. “And some, I assume, are good people.”
The accusations had caused several major corporations – including Macy’s, NBC and Univision – to sever ties with Trump. Univision announced that it will not air the Spanish-language broadcast of Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.
The golf event will be aired on the Golf Channel, which is owned by NBC.
On Monday, ESPN also decided to move its ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic to another location. According to Los Angeles Times, the event was to take place at the Trump National Golf Club on July 14, but now has been moved to the Pelican Hill near Newport Beach.
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