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PGA cancels Grand Slam of Golf event at Trump course

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The PGA is canceling its annual Grand Slam of Golf tournament this year following a disagreement with presidential contender Donald Trump.

The event was slated to be held in October at the GOP front-runner’s Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles. But the PGA decided in July to move the tournament after Trump made controversial statements about illegal immigration.

On Thursday, the PGA said they were unable to find another venue in time.

{mosads}“Due to the timing and logistics needed to stage the PGA Grand Slam of Golf to the highest standards, we are disappointed that we will not be able to conduct the event this year,” the PGA said in a statement.

“This was a memorable year for major championship golf and the PGA of America congratulates Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson and Jason Day on their impressive wins,” it added, listing players who would have competed. “We look forward to conducting the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in 2016.”

In July, the PGA and Trump said they had mutually agreed to move the tournament.

“Due to the controversy surrounding statements made by Mr. Trump having to do with illegal immigrants pouring into the United States from Mexico and other parts of the world, Mr. Trump does not want his friends at the PGA of America to suffer any consequences or backlash with respect to the Grand Slam of Golf,” a statement from Trump’s presidential campaign said then.

Trump’s rhetoric on illegal immigration has cost his business deals and sparked international outrage, with critics calling his statements divisive and discriminatory.

But despite the controversy, Trump is the front-runner for the GOP nomination.

The latest RealClearPolitics average of national samplings has him leading his party’s 2016 field with 27.2 percent voter support. 



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