Donald Trump states the PGA Tour is leaving Miami's Doral golf course after 54 years and taking the tournament to a brand-new website in Mexico City. The Tour began to distance itself from Trump last year after his comments about omitting Muslims from immigrating to the United StatesThe PGA trip is moving a storied golf tournament from Donald Trump's Doral resort near Miami. Trump broke the news last night throughout an interview on Fox News.
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DONALD TRUMP: They're moving it to Mexico. They're moving it to Mexico City, which by the way, I hope they have kidnapping insurance coverage.SHAPIRO: Today PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem validated the decision in a news conference continued the Golf Channel. He said the move had absolutely nothing to do with Trump's politics and everything to do with sponsorship concerns.
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TIM FINCHEM: Some of the reaction focuses on the sensation that in some way this is a political exercise, and it is not that in any method, shape or type.SHAPIRO: NPR's Greg Allen joins us now from Miami. Hi, Greg.
GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: Hi, Ari.
SHAPIRO: Earlier the PGA Tour had clearly distanced itself from Trump because of a few of his political comments. Commissioner Finchem appears to be stating that has nothing to do with today's choice.We - you, like me, most likely keep in mind in December when the Tour released a statement. This was after Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims going into the U.S. And the PGA Tour sent out a statement saying that his comments were, quote, "inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment," reading from that statement.
However today the PGA Tour commissioner stated the only reason for moving the tournament was that after more than 50 years, the Doral Tournament had not been able to discover a sponsor. Cadillac in 2014 informed Doral it was pulling out, and that was before Trump's comments.After months of looking, the head of the tournament told the Miami Herald that Doral was just not able to line up a new sponsor. The PGA's trip with Doral permitted them to move the tournament if they could not get a sponsor, therefore today, Finchem stated they're moving it to Mexico City.
SHAPIRO: Which is paradoxical given that Trump has promised to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.ALLEN: Right, and the PGA Tour Commissioner did not respond to that paradox today. He stated that the trip was working to expand its appeal to people in Central America and South America, and that's reason for the move there.
But Commissioner Finchem said the PGA Tour likes working with Donald Trump and wants to return to Doral eventually. They currently have one occasion in Mexico at a beach resort near Cancun, so now this'll be a second one. The Golf Channel's reporting that the brand-new occasion is going to be at the Chapultepec golf course just outside Mexico City. But Commissioner Finchem today stated no final decision has been made on that.
SHAPIRO: Talk about the impact of this on Trump. We heard him stating he hopes that they have kidnapping insurance, and he has a great deal of money bought Doral.ALLEN: Well, it is a big offer certainly when a course gets dropped from the PGA Tour after more than 50 years. I believe its 54 years, in this case. Trump bought the Doral resort simply four years ago, and he got a great deal of praise at the time for his renovations. Even today Commissioner Finchem spoke about that. He spent some $250 million to re-do the golf courses.
Today Donald Trump launched a statement calling it a sad day for Miami, the United States and the video game of golf. He compared exactly what the PGA Tour had done toAmerican companies like Carrier and Nabisco, who he in some cases points out in his speeches, who have actually moved tasks to Mexico. He says that the PGA Tour has put earnings ahead of thousands of American tasks.
So he definitely sounds disappointed. Also in the past, he stated that if the trip left he would make even more money at Doral because it would make more spaces readily available during the peak of the weather.SHAPIRO: That's NPR's Greg Allen on news that the PGA Tournament is leaving Trump's Doral golf course in Miami for Mexico. Thanks, Greg.
ALLEN: You're welcome.