The PGA of America has opted to move its Grand Slam of Golf tournament away from Donald Trump's course in Los Angeles, US following the Republican presidential candidate's controversial comments about Mexican immigrants.
In March, the PGA of America announced a new deal to stage the event at the Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles course from October 19-21.
However, following a meeting with Trump on Monday, both groups said that they had mutually agreed not to hold the event at the course. “I have great respect for the PGA of America and everything they stand for,” Trump (pictured centre) said.
The PGA of America is exploring options regarding where to move the Grand Slam and the annual PGA Junior League Golf Championship, which was also scheduled to take place at Trump National Los Angeles. The Grand Slam was held in Bermuda from 2007 until 2014.
Several businesses, including broadcasters NBC and Univision, have severed ties with Trump over his comments regarding Mexican immigrants. On Monday he followed up his earlier comments by saying that the Mexican government is “forcing their most unwanted people into the US” and added that in many cases, those people are “criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.”