As was reported earlier Wednesday, the PGA’s annual golf tournament at Donald Trump’s Trump National Doral course is relocating to Mexico City. The PGA said Tuesday night — and repeated again Wednesday — that it was leaving South Florida because it was unable to find a title sponsor to replace Cadillac.
Reached for comment, golf legend and North Palm Beach resident Jack Nicklaus was frustrated with the idea of the tournament leaving South Florida.
“I am disappointed for Doral and the city of Miami,” he told the Post. “Both have been a staple on the PGA Tour schedule, as well as my own, since my rookie year in 1962.”
Yet the 18-time major winner does see some positives in the tournament moving south of the border.
“I have always believed that golf is a global game,” he continued, “and I have made it a lifelong mission to travel the world to introduce and grow the game by either playing it or designing golf courses. So I am delighted that an event with the significance of a World Golf Championship is coming to Mexico City, and I think it is a huge positive for the Tour and the game itself.
“My only hope is that golf played at its highest level will soon return to Miami and Trump Doral.”
The 76-year-old Nicklaus recently praised Trump, the presumptive Republican candidate for president, on “CBS Sunday Morning,” saying he likes “what Donald has done … he’s turning America upside down. He’s awakening the country.”
Nicklaus said he anticipates voting for Trump in November.