Amid rumors that the PGA might abandon its relationship with Doral because of the Donald Trump distraction, Doral is calling on the PGA Tour to stay in the city.
The move comes after an Associated Press article went viral Tuesday, questioning whether the Tour will remain in Doral. So during Wednesday’s council meeting, the city passed a resolution asking the PGA to stick around. It passed 4-1, with Councilwoman Sandra Ruiz dissenting.
On Wednesday morning, Mayor Luigi Boria and Councilman Pete Cabrera held a news conference to plead some more.
“This event has been in Doral for more than 50 years and we are looking forward for another 50 years,” Boria said. Although the Tour has a contract with the course running through 2023, PGA officials have said some of Trump’s more brash statements are “inconsistent with our strong commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment in the game of golf.”
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Boria called the tournament, which starts Thursday, an “economic engine,” bringing in more than $50 million dollars each year and more than 200,000 visitors.
“It would be a terrible loss for our city, for the county and the entire state,” Boria said.