Donald Trump's business interests continue to suffer in the fallout from an anti-Islamic proposal the Republican presidential candidate made last week.
According to The Independent in the U.K., the R&A has privately decided it will not bring the Open Championship to Turnberry in Scotland as long as Trump owns the property. Trump bought Turnberry, which hosted the Women's British Open this past summer, in 2014 from a Dubai investment group and is in the middle of a reported $250 million renovation of the property, including the Alisa course which last hosted the game's oldest major in 2009.
Turnberry was in line to host the 2020 or 2021 Open, but the R&A's championship committee has deemed Trump too toxic to associate with the Claret Jug.
“One word was thrown around: Enough," said an unnamed member of that powerful committee.
Trump has ratcheted up anti-Islamic rhetoric in recent weeks in the wake of the San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist attack. He has called for a "total shutdown" of Muslims entering the United States.
It could turn out that the removal of Turnberry from the Open rotation may benefit either Royal Portrush, which will host the 2019 Open and potentially more, or could create an opportunity for Royal Porthcawl in Wales to make history.
The PGA Tour said on Friday that it will reevaluate its relationship with Trump and his Doral Resort as host of the WGC-Cadillac Championship beyond 2017.
The European Tour, which co-sanctions the World Golf Championships events with the PGA Tour and others, also said it will soon announced plans concerning the future rotation of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. Trump has claimed his Trump International Golf Links in Scotland will host the 2017 perennial precursor to the Open.
Meanwhile in Dubai, The National reports Trump's name has been restored to signage leading into a property on which he is collaborating to build a Gil Hanse-designed course. Trump's name and likeness were removed from Damac Properties' Akoya by Damac development on Thursday, two days after a company official defended the company's relationship with Trump. The decision may be motivated by contractual obligations.
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