Trump can’t make Doral event great again

Just off No. 18 at Doral, Donald Trump awaits the winner of the last WGC-Cadillac Championshipthere - which was Adam Scott, by the way. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Just off No. 18 at Doral, Donald Trump awaits the winner of the last WGC-Cadillac Championship there – which was Adam Scott, by the way. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

The decision to move a big tournament from Donald Trump’s Miami course to Mexico proves one thing: Karma is a long hitter, baby.

Relocating an event from a Trump property to a nation that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has employed as a hot-button issue is very sad for a place that has hosted a PGA Tour event since the early 1960s. And yet didn’t it also have the feel of Trump getting the ol’ cosmic noogie?

Rory McIlroy, the Irishman with no horse in the American presidential race, touched on that with smile when he mentioned possible travel plans to next year’s WGC-Mexico Championship: “We just jump over the wall.”

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said the move was “not a political exercise.” And, while we have been programmed to believe that all things are political, I am prone to in large part believe that.

For one thing, the idea of this particular organization conspiring against any Republican is inconceivable.

Have you ever been around a PGA Tour locker room? Good heavens, there are more conservatives in there than at the Fox News company picnic. A majority believe voting for Hillary Clinton is cause for a two-stroke penalty.

(In a Sports Illustrated anonymous players poll earlier this year, to the question of whether they’d vote for Clinton even if she would cut their taxes in half while the Republicans would keep them the same, 56 percent said no, 33 percent said yes and 11 percent didn’t weigh in on the hypothetical. In that same poll, the vote on whether the Tour should move the Doral tournament because of Trump, the vote went 45 percent no, 39 percent yes, 16 percent don’t care.)

Actually in this case, the tournament move had plenty to do with a concept that underpins everything Trump: Free enterprise.

As Matt Kuchar told the Golf Channel, “You gotta go where the sponsors are.” Cadillac bailed on Doral, no one else stepped up and world golf championship event actually went a little more global when a Mexican retail, television and telecommunications corporation bankrolled it.

Trump proclaimed the move “a sad day for Miami, the United States and the game of golf.”

He added a classic snarky Trump twist, “I hope they have kidnapping insurance.”

But much of the blame for this move can be found in Trump’s own mirror.

His cult of personality worked against him in this case. Finchem said as much: “I think it’s more Donald Trump is a brand, a big brand, and when you’re asking a company to invest millions of dollars in branding a tournament and they’re going to share that brand with the host, it’s a difficult conversation.”

Having saved Doral – excuse me, Trump National Doral –from the brink of bankruptcy in 2012, the real estate mogul backed a massive make-over of the course. As a result, the character of the place drastically changed. Players, especially those incapable of hitting the ball a mile, began carping about the place. Fewer were going to fight to save it on the schedule (although the Tour says it will try to find another event for Doral).

Last summer, Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas, blasted Trump for what he considered derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants.

That guy owns the company which just yanked a big PGA Tour event from beneath Trump’s feet.

The universe has a peculiar and biting sense of humor.

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18 comments
YoJoey
YoJoey

Really a shame that the Trump defenders can't see that Trump did this to himself.  We no longer live in that America that he claims he will remake for you all.  Even American corporations depend on the global economy, which does not abide by the "Trump rules", and they cannot afford to ignore his nonsense.  Wake up people...more to come!

Loyal_Subject
Loyal_Subject

Sure Drumpf is a jackhole, but you're fooling yourself if you think your gal Hil-Liar-y is somehow a more sophisticated and enlightened vote.


"The universe has a peculiar and biting sense of humor."

Too bad your average commie-lib doesn't!

Dman
Dman

I always enjoyed watching the Doral tournament. It's always a few short weeks before the Masters and gives us a first opportunity to watch some golf after the winter break. I have stayed at the resort before and After Trump bought it and I have to say it's a great place to stay and play in Miami. I think it's a huge mistake that the PGA is seemingly playing politics here. It's a big turnoff for golf fans and makes me not want to watch golf tournaments.

WW5
WW5

so, the move really was political

FreeAgentFan
FreeAgentFan

Let an American citizen try what these Mexi's do in this country and we would be under the jail cell if not killed by their Federales.  Boycott Mexico

FreeAgentFan
FreeAgentFan

Donald Trump he's my man -- Throw Hillary in the Garbage Can.  Univision needs to go -- its garbage

HotDawg
HotDawg

I've played Doral's different courses many times.

The Blue Monster is one of my all time favorites. It's a shame that the tour and sponsor decided to move.

I'll bet another "huge" (to quote Donald Trump) tournament will be added there soon enough.

Too great an event and course to pass up.

Funny note....for those unfamiliar, Doral is just around the corner from Univision offices in Miami. And remember the spat Univision had with Trump and the Miss Universe contest?

Forget about political spats, you'll never see more gorgeous women work or walk in and out of one place than that Univision.....hubba hubba!

HotDawg
HotDawg

Actually, Trump should buy Univision! Makes good business sense.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Will the PGA event become known as the Taco Open ?

independentiii
independentiii

Where is one of Trump's great, great, huuge,  fantastic deals so great your head will spin,  he claims he can make?  Could it be he is a phony?

willardkovacs
willardkovacs

From what I've read in objective articles on the subject of Doral losing this event, it was due to Cadillac not sponsoring the event anymore.

If Hummer is correct, then I'm disappointed the PGA wouldn't have the balls to the truth but not surprised.

With ESPN cutting costs due to exorbitant contracts with their own personalities as well as their leagues, I bet an adjustment is just around the corner for golf too now that Eldrick Woods is no longer around to move the meter and deliver ratings. I watch the end of every tourney each Sunday but I was a fan long before 1997 and truly enjoy Sunday final rounds regardless of the field.

Hummer is as good a sports writer as the AJC but I agree the political angle is disappointing. (And for the record, I am a felon and cannot vote anyway so I don't mind if he was bashing Trump or for Trump, I just want the facts regarding Doral).

Selah....

Dumbmick
Dumbmick

It always cracks me up when the resident 'Neo-Cons'  carp and complain, especially when anyone talks openly about 'The Donald' in a disparaging way....Even though he can engage in whole-sale demagoguery daily...Keep up the good work , Hummer Baby, somebody has to speak for sanity in this craziest of all election year!

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Infinite Karma.  I am sure we will see more.

falconman
falconman

I'm not buying the theory that the decision was not based on politics. And I'm also not buying any further memberships to the PGA. Hasta la vista Tim Finchem.

ownerccc
ownerccc

But he can make America great again you libtard Hummer

RoyalDawg
RoyalDawg

Hummer you are a mediocre sports reporter at best. No one gives a rats butt about your political views.


You would appear to be poorly qualified to comment about either subject, based upon your work.

JSnGa
JSnGa

The PGA should stay out of politics as should most sports reporters.

Sane Middle
Sane Middle

It's the wonderful world of capitalism. Gotta love it.