Tuesday, August 30, 2005

SI: Trump to host a major?

Sports Illustrated's Gary Van Sickle has apparently had the opportunity to play The Donald's course in Bedminster, NJ and has come away impressed.
The Donald desperately wants a major at his new Tom Fazio-designed track and Van Sickle seemed impressed enough to think the course could hold one. Van Sickle is usually a pretty critical writer, but he seems very involved with the whole media soliciting process that Trump is currently involved in. Though it is deemed to be a pretty exclusive course, Trump seems to be inviting a lot of people out to see it these days -- including a media day with TaylorMade.
Golf Magazine recently ranked the course #47 in the US, which is pretty strong for a new course that doesn't have the word "Bandon" or "Dunes" in it.
Apparently The Donald wasn't satisfied:
"I know Ashley's (Trump's golf GM) happy we're 47th, but I think 47th sucks. We want to be in the top 10."
Van Sickle then comments that, "Like many who aren't golf insiders, Trump thinks he can buy his way into the top 10 and a major championship. He's half-right."
The only problem is that most PGA and USGA events are booked more than a decade out. Sure many of the courses for the PGA and the Ryder Cup are particularly uninteresting, but that doesn't mean they could be dropped just because Trump wants an event.
Be prepared to wait, Donald. You'll be wearing a very grey hairpiece by the time someone comes knocking on your door to offer you that major event you are so keen on hosting.

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