Golf’s governing bodies give a boost to Trump

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Golf’s governing body the Royal and Ancient have hinted they won’t take Turnberry’s Ailsa Course off the Open rota.

That’s despite suggestions they could following comments made by Donald Trump recently about Mexican immigrants.

On announcing his bid for the Presidency last moth Trump said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.

“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

Trump believed he had the support of the golfing world but governing bodies in America including the PGA Tour, USGA and LPGA stated they didn’t condone his remarks in anyway and the tycoon saw the Grand Slam of Golf tournament moved from his course in Los Angeles.

Speaking at the Open Championship, outgoing R and A chief executive Peter Dawson said: “We don’t have any decisions to make about Turnberry for quite some time and I think we’ll just let a bit of time pass and future championship committees will deal with them at the time.”

The Open is to be played at Royal Troon in 2016 before heading for Royal Birkdale in 2017 and Carnoustie in 2018.

It is expected The Openwill return to Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush in 2019 and with St Andrews rumoured to be hosting the 150th edition in 2021, there is a possibility Turnberry could be earmarked for the Open in 2020, if Trump rides out this storm.