Former President Donald Trump complained on Saturday that the 2021 PGA Open Championship was not being held at his Scottish resort, Trump Turnberry.
In a statement, Trump said he spent “some time watching” the 149th Open and called it “wonderful.”
“But as almost all greats, sports broadcasters and golf enthusiasts know, the ultimate venue and playing field for The Open is Turnberry, in Scotland,” he continued. “It’s really a magical place, the players want to be there, and at some point the players will be there.”
Based on Golf Digest, Open hasn’t returned to Turnberry since 2009, when Stewart Cink beat Tom Watson in a knockout match.
Trump did not mention the 2009 appearance but claimed that the “greatest game of all time” occurred at Turnberry during the 1977 Open Championship between Watson and Jack Nicklaus (though this matchup happened long before Trump bought the resort in 2014).
Trump blamed his decision not to play at Turnberry this year on his “controversial” status.
“… They consider a great person and multiple Club Champion, named Donald J. Trump, too controversial – this is, of course, a false reputation mainly caused by Fake News Media.”
He added, “However, keep in mind that arguing only makes things ‘hotter.’
In a statement following the January 6 uprising at the US Capitol, R&A executive Martin Slumbers said it had no plans to host The Open at Turnberry “in the near future”.
“We won’t be back until we are convinced to focus on the championship, the players and the pitch itself and we don’t believe that is achievable under the current circumstances,” he said. to speak.
Trump’s push to move The Open to Turnberry is not new; in 2018, he Reportedly asked US ambassador to Great Britain, Robert Johnson, to encourage British officials to move the league to Turnberry.
Trump ended his statement on a rather upbeat note, saying, “Oh well, life goes on! One day The Open will return to Turnberry.”
However, it doesn’t look like that day will come anytime soon. The R&A has announced a schedule of locations for The Open through 2024, and Turnberry is not on the list. Golf Digest also noted that the league often returns to St. Andrews every five years and that “will squeeze out any other Scottish pitch until near the end of the decade.”
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