Former US President Donald Trump has released a statement arguing that the Open Championship should have been played at his golf course in Turnberry, Scotland.
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) July 17, 2021
Trump has his own explanation about why his venue was ignored for the event.
"This course was not chosen for the Open because they consider a wonderful person, and many-time Club Champion, named Donald J. Trump, to be too controversial," he wrote.
It's believed that Trump, whose mother was Scottish, bought Turnberry for $63 million in 2014. According to company filings in the UK, after the purchase, Trump's company spent $100 million on upgrading the venue. Since then, Turnberry has hosted the Open four times.
However, after mobs of pro-Trump supporters stormed and vandalised the US Capitol building in Washington, DC on 6 January in a bid to overturn Trump's defeat in the 2020 presidential election, many businesses dropped their partnerships with the Trump Organisation.