The fallout from Donald Trump’s controversial comments about Mexican immigrants continued Tuesday, when the PGA of America announced that the Grand Slam of Golf will not be held at Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles this fall.
The PGA said that it is exploring other options for the 36-hole exhibition, scheduled for Oct. 20-21, which is a showcase for the year’s major champions.
The organization said that it met with Trump on Monday and “the parties mutually agreed that it is not in the best interest of all” not to conduct the 2015 event at Trump’s course in L.A.
In a separate statement, Trump said that he did not want the PGA of America to suffer any backlash from his comments.
“I have great respect for the PGA of America and everything they stand for,” he said.
Trump also used this news as an opportunity to announce that he plans to rebuild Trump LA “into the course I always wanted it to be.”
Last week, in a carefully crafted statement, the leading golf organizations said that Trump’s derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants “are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf.”
Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte reported that Trump still has three years remaining on his contract with the PGA Grand Slam, as well as deals with the 2017 Senior PGA at Trump National Washington and 2022 PGA at Trump Bedminster.
The PGA Tour released a statement Tuesday saying that “we understand and support the decision” made by the PGA, and that it is “continuing to monitor the situation” in regards to PGA Tour-sanctioned events on Trump courses, most notably the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral.
In a statement Tuesday afternoon, a Cadillac spokesman told Rosaforte: “Cadillac does not tolerate discrimination whatsoever and does not share Donald Trump’s views about Mexicans or Mexican Americans. In contrast, we celebrate the diversity that makes up the fabric of our country.”
When asked specifically about Trump’s event at Doral, the company spokesman said: “We have no comment on that at the moment.”
The International Federation of PGA Tours, which runs the World Golf Championship events, has one of its annual meetings scheduled for next week in St. Andrews, and it’s likely that Trump’s comments will be on the agenda.
ESPN announced Monday that it was moving its ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump National LA, joining NBC Universal, Macy’s, Univision and NASCAR among the companies that have severed ties with the businessman-turned-presidential candidate.