It appears the PGA Tour’s annual stop at Doral is relocating to Mexico City in 2017, according to multiple reports.
Donald Trump, who owns Trump National Doral, mentioned it during a television interview on Tuesday. And Butch Buchholz, who ran the WGC-Cadillac Championship, told The Miami Herald on Wednesday that the Tour had informed him of plans to move the event to Mexico.
Cadillac’s sponsorship deal expired at the end of the 2016 event.
“I believe they are sincere when they said they didn’t want to leave an event with a 54-year history,” Buchholz told The Herald. “They’ve got an obligation to their board and they couldn’t find a sponsor so they had to move. They don’t have a choice. The PGA Tour didn’t have a choice. If you don’t have a sponsor what can you do?”
In a television interview with Sean Hannity on Tuesday, Trump dropped the news.
“I mean, I just heard that the PGA Tour is taking their tournament out of Miami and moving it to Mexico,” Trump said. “ … It’s at Doral … they used one of my places. They’re moving their tournament, it’s the Cadillac World Golf Championship. And Cadillac’s been a great sponsor, but they’re moving it to Mexico.
“They’re moving it to Mexico City which, by the way, I hope they have kidnapping insurance. But they’re moving it to Mexico City. And I’m saying, ‘You know, what’s going on here?’ It is so sad when you look at what’s going on with our country.”
Trump released an additional statement Wednesday:
“It is a sad day for Miami, the United States and the game of golf, to have the PGA Tour consider moving the World Golf Championships, which has been hosted in Miami for the last 55 years, to Mexico. No different than Nabisco, Carrier and so many other American companies, the PGA Tour has put profit ahead of thousands of American jobs, millions of dollars in revenue for local communities and charities and the enjoyment of hundreds of thousands of fans who make the tournament an annual tradition. This decision only further embodies the very reason I am running for President of the United States.”
The Tour has not officially announced a move but it indicated earlier this year that a shift in venue was being considered.