Donald Trump has challenged the LPGA Tour and commissioner Michael Whan to find a new venue for the Women's British Open in two weeks in the aftermath of Trump's immigration comments that have caused several golf organizations to reconsider playing tournaments at his venues.
The problem is, the LPGA is not the sole decision-maker when it comes to the venue for the Ricoh Women's British Open, which begins on July 30 at Trump Turnberry in Scotland. The Ladies Golf Union, based in St. Andrews, is the organization that controls where the event is staged.
"You have an absolutely binding contract to play the great Turnberry Ailsa course but, based on your rude comment to the press, please let this letter serve to represent that, subject to a conversation with me on the details, I would be willing to let you play the Women's British Open in two weeks, at another course rather than magnificent Turnberry [which I own]," Trump wrote to Whan in a letter dated Monday.
Trump was referring to a recent statement issued by the LPGA which said changing the venue was not feasible at this late date. "By no means, however, does this decision suggest support for Mr. Trump's comments," the statement read. "The LPGA will continue its commitment to diversity and inclusion in the game of golf as it has done for the last 65 years."
On Tuesday the LPGA said that Whan would have no comment concerning Trump's letter.
Trump attacked the statement, saying that he has been a big supporter of the LPGA. "When others wanted nothing to do with it, and many thought the LPGA Tour was a thing of the past and had absolutely no future, I stuck with the tour and the ladies, many of whom I have gotten to know and respect -- not only for their great talent but being wonderful people," Trump wrote.
Last month, the billionaire presidential candidate made controversial comments about undocumented Mexican immigrants, leading to the PGA of America and Trump deciding to move the Grand Slam of Golf from his property in Los Angeles. The PGA Tour's WGC-Cadillac Championship is played annually at Trump Doral near Miami.