Tournament relocates from Miami to Mexico City
The PGA TOUR, on behalf of the International Federation of PGA Tours, announced last week that the World Golf Championships tournament held in Miami at Trump National Doral since 2007 will relocate to Mexico City and be renamed the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, beginning in 2017.
The move is the result of a seven-year agreement through 2023 with Grupo Salinas, a collection of companies based in Mexico City primarily involved in retail, television and telecommunications. Grupo Salinas is overseen by founder Ricardo Salinas and his son, Benjamin Salinas Sada.
“Since the debut of the World Golf Championships in 1999, the intent has always been to conduct these tournaments around the world,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “Once it became apparent that we would not be able to secure sponsorship at levels that would sustain the event and help it grow at Trump National Doral, we began having serious discussions with Ricardo and Benjamin Salinas, who expressed strong interest in bringing a tournament to Mexico City to benefit golf and its development throughout Mexico. We are very excited about this new opportunity and what it brings to the World Golf Championships.”
“With this great Championship, Mexico is recognized as a mayor player in golf. We have some of the best golf courses in the world, and we’ll have the top 50 golfers playing here,” said Benjamin Salinas, CEO of TV Azteca. “We welcome all –sponsors, golfers, and audiences– to turn their eyes towards Mexico and discover the vast opportunities it offers to the international community.”
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