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Petition calls on PGA to move event from Donald Trump-owned golf course

Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate and golf course owner Donald Trump speaks in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 23, 2015.

(Paul Vernon / Associated Press)

An online petition calling for the PGA Tour not to hold the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at the Trump National Doral Golf Course in Miami next March has garnered more than 25,600 signatures.

Course owner Donald Trump, the leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, angered many people earlier this week by calling for a “total and complete” ban of Muslims entering the U.S.

“Trump’s outrageous, dangerous statements seem to be fueling his political popularity -- let’s see if we can hit him where he feels it -- In his bank account,” the Care2 petition reads.

The billionaire businessman owns golf courses all over the world, many of which host events for the PGA and LPGA tours, the U.S. Golf Assn. and the PGA of America.

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Back in July those four golf organizations released a joint statement against Trump’s inflammatory comments about Mexicans, after he had claimed to the Golf Channel that he was receiving “tremendous support” from the golf world “because they all know I’m right.”

“In response to Mr. Trump’s comments about the golf industry ‘knowing he is right’ in regards to his recent statements about Mexican immigrants, we feel compelled to clarify that those remarks do not reflect the views of our organizations,” the statement said. “While the LPGA, PGA of America, PGA Tour and USGA do not usually comment on presidential politics, Mr. Trump’s comments are inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf.”


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