PGA Tour may move WGC-Cadillac event from Donald Trump's Doral

The PGA Tour is considering moving the WGC-Cadillac Championship from Donald Trump's National Doral Golf Course in Miami after March's event.

A tour statement came after Trump, the course owner and the leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, angered many people this week by calling for a "total and complete" ban on Muslims entering the United States.

"We continue to stand by our earlier statement, and the statement of other golf organizations, that Mr. Trump's comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf," the PGA Tour said in a statement given to Golf.com. "The PGA Tour has had a 53-year commitment to the Doral community, the greater Miami area and the charities that have benefited from the tournament. Given this commitment, we are moving forward with holding the 2016 event at the Blue Monster.

"Immediately after the completion of the 2016 tournament, we will explore all options regarding the event's future."

Trump purchased Doral's Blue Monster Course and the resort surrounding it in June 2012. The Blue Monster course, which has hosted a PGA Tour event since 1962, has been a World Golf Championship event since 2007 with a total purse of $9.25 million in 2015, including $1.57 million going to the winner.

In 2013, the PGA Tour signed a 10-year deal to keep the event at Doral through 2023.

Trump's relationship to the golf community has come under fire around the globe. An online petition urging the PGA Tour to cancel or move the WGC-Cadillac Championship has garnered almost 40,000 signatures. Also, a member of the Scottish Parliament, Patrick Harvie, has introduced a motion to the governing body proposing a boycott of two Trump courses in Scotland. And this week, Trump's branding on a billboard at a Dubai golf course and housing development was torn down.

This is not the first time Trump's public statements have upset golfing organizations. In June, the LPGA Tour, PGA of America, PGA Tour and USGA made a joint statement when Trump made inflammatory comments about Mexicans.

The PGA of America later decided to move the Grand Slam of Golf from the billionaire businessman's Los Angeles course. Trump and the PGA said it was a mutually agreed-upon decision. The 2015 staging of the tournament was eventually canceled.

ESPN moved its ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump's course in Los Angeles to nearby Pelican Hill in July 2015. NASCAR also pulled its season-ending awards ceremony at Trump National Doral.

Trump's relationship with golf goes beyond the PGA of America, which also has its PGA Championship scheduled for Trump National in New Jersey in 2022 and the Senior PGA Championship at Trump National outside Washington in 2017. The U.S. Women's Open, run by the USGA, is to be played at his New Jersey course in 2017.

Information from ESPN.com's Bob Harig and The Associated Press was used in this report.