Millions of golf fans around the world have been glued to their televisions for the past three days as the game’s elite vie for the last major title of 2021. Often referred to as The Open Championship or the British Open, it is the oldest golf tournament in the world, and one of the most prestigious. Each year a different, historic course in the United Kingdom, Scotland or Ireland plays host.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic the tournament was canceled in 2020. This year it’s taking place at Royal St. George’s, a beautiful seaside links course on the southeast coast of the U.K. The first three days the players and spectators have enjoyed unusually warm temperatures and sunshine. The play and scoring have been spectacular.
But for the ever-aggrieved Donald Trump, the success of the tournament is a cold, hard slap in the face and should be a reminder that actions have consequences. That’s because the 2021 Open Championship was scheduled to be held at Turnberry, a course that Trump owns in Scotland. In January the organization that runs the tournament announced that the Open, which has been contested four times at the course – most recently in 2009 – would not return to Trump Turnberry in Ayrshire anytime soon. It said it wants nothing to do with Trump after his incitement of violence preceding the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Likewise, the PGA of America in January announced that it was pulling its 2022 PGA Championship from the twice-impeached, riot-inciting former president’s golf club in Bedminister, N.J., for the same reason.
The fact that the tournament is taking place at an alternate location has not been mentioned by broadcasters, but Trump felt the need to remind people just how wronged he has been by having it relocated. On Saturday he released a statement that reads, “I have spent some time watching The Open Championship (formerly known as The British Open), and it is terrific! But as almost all of the great players, sportscasters, and golf aficionados know, the greatest site and course of all for The Open is Turnberry, in Scotland. It is truly a magical place, the players want to be there, and at some point in time the players will be there. But this course was not chosen for The Open because they consider a wonderful person, and many-time Club Champion, named Donald J. Trump, to be too controversial — this is, of course, a false reputation caused mainly by the Fake News Media.”
Trump’s woe-is-me diatribe continues, “It is a shame that the phenomenal Turnberry Golf links, the best in the World, sits empty during Open Championships, while far lesser courses are on display. Oh well, life proceeds forward! Someday The Open will be back at Turnberry.”