MIAMI | At 1:20 p.m. Sunday, the helicopter descended from the clear Florida sky and Donald Trump – owner of Trump National Doral and presidential candidate – had arrived.
Wearing his “Make America Great Again” cap (available in multiple colors in the Doral pro shop for $30), Trump shook some hands, signed some autographs, did some interviews and took a temporary break from the campaign trail, though he made sure to smile and wave and give the thumbs-up sign when crowds gathered around him.
And the question remained: Will this WGC-Cadillac Championship return to Trump’s Blue Monster course next year and in the future?
That was a subject on the agenda for PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem’s scheduled Sunday afternoon meeting with Trump.
The Tour’s future at Trump’s Miami resort came into question because of controversial comments Trump made last year while he indicated he had total support in the golf world. The Tour issued a statement clarifying its relationship with Trump and stressing the need for inclusivity in golf.
“In terms of our relationship with him, I think it’s fine,” Finchem said Sunday.
The other pressing matter regarding the future of the event is what happens in the search for a title sponsor. Cadillac’s contract ended with the 2016 event and it’s uncertain if General Motors will sign an extension. Trump said he has a contract through 2023 .