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Golf authorities fear backlash

Turnberry ‘barred’ from hosting Open over ‘toxic Trump’

turnberry vid clipTurnberry is likely to be barred from hosting the Open Golf tournament because Donald Trump’s ownership of the course could risk a backlash from sponsors and top players, it has been reported.

Golf’s governing body is said to have privately decided that his reputation is now so toxic that the newly renamed Trump Turnberry can no longer host the game’s most prestigious event.

The billionaire property tycoon, who also invested in the new Trump International course in Aberdeenshire, bought the Turnberry resort in April last year. It was renamed with the promise of a £200 million upgrade.

But his remarks made during his campaign for the Republican nomination – about Muslims, Mexicans, Chinese and women – are said to have raised concerns at the Royal and Ancient that sponsors and international players would boycott any tournament associated with the Mr Trump.

Martin Slumbers, the new chief executive of the R&A at St Andrews,  had been expected to endorse Turnberry as a venue for the 2020 Open, an event that generally brings about £100m into the Scottish economy.

Members are said to have decided that after a series of outbursts from the American they have had “enough”.

Mr Trump was recently stripped of his GlobalScot status by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and of an honorary doctorate by Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

He has accused Scotland of failing to appreciate his investment in the country, though this latest controversy is not his first with the Scottish authorities.

In October he took his fight against a wind farm near his Aberdeenshire course to the UK Supreme Court.

He has been a vociferous opponent of the planned £230m European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, an 11-turbine project located 3.5km offshore from his development at the Menie Estate, north of Aberdeen.

Mr Trump has said the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre threatens “the destruction of Aberdeen and Scotland itself”.

 

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