Throngs flinging hands to touch and items to autograph greeted Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump when he arrived at Trump National Doral for Sunday’s final round of the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship.
The arrival of the course’s owner via helicopter sparked the most “Did you see him?” and “Which way did he go?” questions among Doral spectators since Tiger Woods’ heyday a decade ago.
Trump told The Golf Channel he hoped the annual PGA event remained at his place, although “I’d make more money without the tournament” and marked his territory by repeating his insults of senator Republican presidential rival Marco Rubio. The senator’s Doral office is just a pitch, putt and drive from Trump National.
“Rubio’s a terrible senator, a no-show senator, he couldn’t get elected dog catcher if he was running in a race in Florida,” said Trump, who also opined that Rubio should end his campaign.
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Of the upcoming Florida primary, Trump said, “I have a good lead, but they’re spending $100 million on negative television ads all of which are false. They make them up and by the time they have to correct them, the race is over. I hope people remember those ads are paid for by donors and special interests.”
Meanwhile, the leaders in the WGC-Cadillac Championship headed into the final holes of the tournament with Adam Scott holding a one-shot lead at 11-under-par on Sunday.
After finishing the 13th hole, Scott held a one-stroke lead over Bubba Watson (who had completed 14), Rory McIlroy (through 12) and Danny Willett (through 13).
McIlroy had started the day with a four-stroke lead.
Scott is trying to win back-to-back events after taking the Honda Classic a week ago.