Donald Trump will be at the WGC-Cadillac Championship next week but in a much-reduced role compared to his previous involvement.
Trump, the Republican presidential frontrunner who purchased Doral in 2012, told Golfweek (via the Miami Herald): "I’ll be there very limited because I have the Secret Service. But I’ll be there.”
Trump in previous years has been a prominent fixture of the event. In 2015, he sent a diver into one of the Blue Monster's lakes to recover Rory McIlroy's sunken 3-iron.
On Tuesday's edition of "Morning Drive," Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte outlined what is more likely in store for Trump this time around.
"It could be crazy if he was there all week, so basically what I'm hearing is that the plan is for him not be there until Sunday, and to have not a position as much out front of the cameras as he had the last couple years," Rosaforte reported.
He further added that Trump's son Eric, who “has really taken over the golf operation,” will be the one handing out the trophy in his father's place.
Whether this will be Trump's last WGC-Cadillac remains to be determined. The PGA Tour in December issed a statement that it will "explore all options regarding the event's future" beyond 2016. The statement came shortly after Trump's public proposal to at least temporarily ban the immigration of Muslims to the United States.
"We continue to stand by our earlier statement, and the statement of other golf organizations, that Mr. Trump's comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf," the statement read. "The PGA Tour has had a 53-year commitment to the Doral community, the greater Miami area and the charities that have benefited from the tournament. Given this commitment, we are moving forward with holding the 2016 event at the Blue Monster. Immediately after the completion of the 2016 tournament, we will explore all options regarding the event's future."
The PGA Tour has played an event at Doral every year dating back to 1962.