Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Re-Designed Turnberry Should Get Open Chance

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Re-Designed Turnberry Should Get Open Chance

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Byline: Phil Casey

THE man behind the redesign of Turnberry hopes one of the "jewels" in the Open Championship rota will be allowed to shine, despite the issues with its owner Donald Trump.

Golf's most influential organisations have distanced themselves from Trump in the wake of his views on Mexican immigrants which were expressed when the 69-year-old announced his decision to stand for President of the United States in June last year.

The Grand Slam of Golf was moved from Trump National in Los Angeles in October while the PGA Tour is considering alternative venues for the WGC-Cadillac Championship - currently staged at Trump's Doral course in Miami - from 2017 after he called for a "total and complete" ban on Muslims entering America.

The R & A said Muirfield would no longer be considered to stage the Open after a vote on admitting women members failed to achieve the two-thirds majority required earlier this month.

However, Turnberry remains on the Open rota and renowned architect Martin Ebert, who has overseen significant changes to the Ailsa course at the Ayrshire resort, hopes the quality of the course will ensure that remains the case.

"I would hope so," Ebert said ahead of the reopening of the course yesterday. "In Portrush and Turnberry I would argue they are the two most scenic of the Open venues. In an age of television and the TV contracts being so important, I would hope that has some bearing.

"I know it's largely down to the stars who play in the event but to have a canvas like this to present them upon I would hope have some allure for the R and A. "It's up to the R and A to judge. I hope the course and Turnberry as well is what counts here.

"I don't think we should fool ourselves without Mr Trump's investment at Turnberry it might have lost its Open status with such a lack of investment. …

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