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The Open chiefs tell Donald Trump his Scottish course is STILL blocked from hosting the tournament

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Open chiefs tell Donald Trump his Scottish golf course is STILL blocked – despite renewed pressure from ex-president charged over shock PGA and LIV merger

  • The Open organizers say Turnberry is still stuck hosting the event
  • The course was denied hosting rights because of its owner Donald Trump
  • Trump increased his pressure on The Open after Tuesday’s shock merger

Open organizers have reiterated that there has been no change in their stance on Turnberry hosting the tournament despite renewed pressure from Donald Trump’s family to return the famed venue to the rotation.

It was reported on Friday that the shock merger between the PGA Tour and the Saudi sovereign wealth fund could prove favorable to Trump’s cause because of his ties to Series LIV.

The former US president lobbied for his Turnberry course to host The Open, but was left out by the R&A, which runs the major and said in the wake of the 2021 Capitol riots that there is no would not return until they are sure that the focus would be solely on the tournament.

This position seems eminently more relevant since Trump’s indictment in the early hours of Friday, but Trump’s son Eric used a column in the daily telegraph to ask that politics be kept out of the way.

Open organizers have reiterated that Turnberry will not be hosting the event at this time.

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Course owner Donald Trump had increased the pressure on The Open to change his mind

He wrote: “In a family so deeply devoted to the birthplace of golf, we could never have imagined that politics could potentially jeopardize Turnberry’s ability to host another Open.”

Despite suggestions that Trump will have greater influence in golf now that the Saudis have gained huge influence in the sport, the R&A says there has been no change in their view.

A spokesman told Mail Sport on Friday that they remain ‘unchanged’ and referred to 2021 comments from their chief executive Martin Slumbers, who said at the time: ‘We do not intend to hold one of our championships at Turnberry and will not. in the foreseeable future. We will not return until we are confident that the focus will be on the Championship, the players and the course itself and we do not believe this is feasible under the current circumstances.

Turnberry, which was bought by Trump in 2014, hasn’t hosted the Open since 2009 and is considered one of the best courses in the world.

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