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PGA Epic Fail: Grand Slam of Golf Canceled After Pulling Plug on Trump National

The Professional Golf Association of America canceled the 2015 Grand Slam competition for this year’s major champions.

In March the PGA struck a deal with Donald Trump to play the tournament in October at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Citing controversial comments made by Trump, the PGA announced a withdrawal from the agreement in July.

Now, two months later, the PGA canceled the Grand Slam entirely, claiming they could not provide a venue in time to meet the “highest standards” of the association.

Sporting News reported that this year’s 36-hole exhibition included 2015 major tournament winners Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, and Zach Johnson, plus 2014 winner Martin Kaymer.

The PGA fell in lockstep with Univision, Macy’s, and others in severing ties with the real estate developer, television personality, author, and 2016 GOP presidential frontrunner based on his comments about illegal immigration.

Trump said on a campaign stop earlier in the year regarding illegal aliens, “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people.” The remarks prompted a call for apologies from Trump, but he stuck by the comments. To illustrate his argument, Trump frequently points to the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Kate Steinle this summer in San Francisco at the hands of an illegal immigrant. 

Since the Macy’s boycott of Trump products, the department store received complaints from approximately 30,000 customers for ending its relationship with him. TMZ reports many of the customers cut up their Macy’s credit card to make a statement that the store unfairly punished Trump for his views on immigration.

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