Golf organizations distancethemselves from Trump


Associated Press

Donald Trump says the golf industry supports him because “they know I’m right.” Four leading golf organizations said he’s wrong.

The PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, USGA and PGA of America broke their silence Wednesday — but only briefly — to say that Trump’s views on Mexican immigrants and his opinion that golf organizations are behind him are not accurate.

In an interview with Golf Channel, Trump said he has received “tremendous support” from the golf world “because they all know I’m right.”

“In response to Mr. Trump’s comments about the golf industry ‘knowing he is right’ in regards to his recent statements about Mexican immigrants, we feel compelled to clarify that those remarks do not reflect the views of our organizations,” the joint statement said. “While the LPGA, PGA of America, PGA Tour and USGA do not usually comment on presidential politics, Mr. Trump’s comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf.”

Trump has a golf portfolio that includes 18 courses that are either open or being built, some of which are scheduled to host events by all the organizations in the joint statement. While the golf organizations spoke out against Trump’s comments, they declined additional comment on plans to play tournaments on Trump courses.

The fallout has been far greater in the business and entertainment sectors dating to Trump’s saying in his presidential campaign announcement that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime, and some are rapists.

He is struggling to hold his Miss USA pageant together after two television networks, performers, hosts and judges have pulled out. Also on Wednesday, Macy’s said it was ending its relationship with Trump. The department store had carried a Donald Trump clothing line since 2004.