Donald Trump ‘blacklisted’ by the Open with former president pressured to sell Turnberry

Turnberry will not host another Open Championship unless Donald Trump sells up, according to reports. It has been reported that Championship organisers remain adamant that the Scottish golf resort will not be considered while the former US President remains the proprietor.

But according to The Telegraph, sources close to the R&A have confirmed that his request will not be granted. The 45th US president was told that he would be unlikely to get an Open at Turnberry after the US Capitol attack in January 2021 and that position does not appear to have altered, due to the anticipated security risks that would be created by potential protests.

This year’s 151st Open takes place at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, Wirral from July 16 before heading to Royal Troon next year.

However, the Telegraph’s report claims that Trump has been offering the impression of a better relationship with the R&A in recent months. On May 3, he told GB News that he had “spent a tremendous amount of money” redeveloping the Turnberry course after receiving advice from the R&A’s former chief executive Peter Dawson.

Trump said: “It was done with a great architect, a great golf architect recommended by Peter Dawson. I said, give me the best one and Martin Grant Hawtree. He’s a fabulous guy, a fabulous man. What he does is this type of course, he really did a great job.


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