‘I’m too controversial!’: Trump lashes out at British Open golf tournament organizers for not hosting the competition on his Scottish course
- Former President Trump issued a statement on Saturday saying that The Open Championship should have been played on his golf course in Scotland
- The 2021 Open Championship started on 14 July and will be played at the Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Kent in the South East of England
- Many companies distanced themselves from Trump and his organization after the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, which saw companies drop their partnerships
Former President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at the organizers of the British Open, which will be held at the Royal St. George’s in Kent in southeastern England, rather than at Trump’s own golf course resort in Scotland.
“I’ve been watching The Open Championship (formerly known as The British Open) for a while and it’s great! But as almost all major players, sports reporters and golf enthusiasts know, Turnberry, in Scotland, is the best place and course of all,” Trump said in an email on Saturday.
“It really is a magical place, the players want to be there, and at some point the players will be there,” he added in the message sent from his official post-presidential email account.
“It’s a shame that the phenomenal Turnberry Golf links, the best in the world, are empty during Open Championships, when there are far lesser courses to see. Ah, life goes on! One day, The Open will be back in Turnberry,” Trump continued.
Former President Trump released a statement on Saturday saying that The Open Championship should have been played on his golf course in Scotland. He is pictured on the course in 2015
Turnberry golf course has hosted The Open – Europe’s only golf major – four times
“It really is a magical place, the players want to be there, and at some point the players will be there,” Trump wrote in a message sent from his official post-presidential email account.
Trump is said to have bought the resort on Scotland’s west coast for $63 million.
Royal St. George’s, meanwhile, has some bumpy terrain and some unusual sightlines that have drawn criticism from some competitors at this year’s 149th Open.
“It’s not my favorite location where we’ve played,” Brooks Koepka said this week. “Whether it’s a few shots to nothing, a few blind tee shots, or shots where you can’t really see much. I’m not a big fan of that.’
Trump came to his own reasoning why Turnberry was not selected as the venue for the golf tournament.
“This course was not chosen for The Open because they find a great person and multiple club champion, Donald J. Trump, too controversial,” he suggested.
American Patrick Reed puts on the 6th green this weekend during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal St George’s golf course in Sandwich, England.
Daniel van Tonder of South Africa arrives on the 9th tee during his third round on Day 3 of the 149th British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George’s, Sandwich in the South East of England
“Remember, though, that controversy only makes things ‘hotter’,” Trump continued.
Many companies distanced themselves from Trump after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, in which social media companies removed his profiles and companies canceled their partnership with the Trump organization.
Trump, an avid golfer whose mother was Scottish, bought Turnberry in 2014.
The Coastal Course has hosted The Open – Europe’s only golf major, four times.
Company records in the UK show Trump’s company spent an additional $100 million on course upgrades and other expenses after the initial purchase.
Trump is pictured playing golf at the Trump Turnberry during his first official visit to the UK as president in July 2018