Just days ago, Donald Trump claimed the R&A wanted to bring The Open Championship back to its Turnberry course for the first time since 2009, with the 45th US President saying: “They want the Open back. I can say you, they want to come back.”
Now however, the R&A have reportedly backed off their statement, with Open Championship organizers denying the claims, their stance unchanged from a few years ago when the organization said it ” did not intend to organize one of our championships”. at Turnberry and will not do so for the foreseeable future”.
Benefits of winning the Open
Before Trump bought Turnberry in 2014, the course was on the Open rotation and last held an Open Championship in 2009, when Tom Watson came so close to getting the Claret Jug at age 59 years old.
Ranked as one of the best courses in Scotland, as well as number four in our latest list of the top 100 golf courses in the UK and Ireland, Trump said that “it is currently ranked number one in Europe. We We did a big deal on Turnberry and it got great reviews, even from people who hate me.”
However, the announcement was obviously news for The R&A, who were quick to put to rest any rumors that the Claret Jug would be returning to the Ailsa course in the near future.
Additionally, in the past, the capacity and access issues associated with the course would always have been an issue, with hosting the tournament at Turnberry offering significantly smaller crowds than other Open Championships.
Although we won’t see Turnberry on The Open rotation, could we see him on the LIV Golf schedule? Well, with the Saudi-backed series set to expand its schedule to 14 events next year, it’s still unclear where those tournaments will take place, with Trump currently hosting two tournaments on LIV Golf’s current schedule.
Rumor has it that Valderrama could be a new venue, with Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg in Ireland also a possible choice. However, with the new LIV Golf League set to kick off in February 2023, it could be another month before we hear the finalized schedule.