The PGA Tour announced on Wednesday that the long-time event at Miami’s Trump Doral is heading to Mexico City in 2017.
The new event will be known as the WGC-Mexico Championship, and is scheduled for March 2-5 next year. A host venue has yet to be confirmed.
The Tour has commenced a seven-year deal with Group Salinas, a collection of companies from Mexico City that are primarily involved in retail, television and telecommunications.
The Trump National Doral has been the host of the PGA Tour event since the sixties.
“Some of the reaction revolves around the feeling that this is political exercise, and it is not that in any way, shape or form,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem explained during a news conference at the Memorial. “The decision here was based on the reality that we are not able to secure sponsorship for next year’s WGC at Doral or for years out for that matter.
“At the same time, we had an opportunity to build what we think is going to be a spectacular event in an area that is strategically important to the growth of the sport and the activity of the PGA Tour that has been focused in South America and Central America for the last good number of years.”
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