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Donald Trump must wait on Open venue decision

By Phil Casey

The head of golf's governing body is delaying a decision over whether a Scottish course owned by Donald Trump should stage the Open Championship.

Speaking at St Andrews yesterday Martin Slumbers, the chief executive of the Royal and Ancient, confirmed the Open would be staged in England in 2020 and at St Andrews in 2021. While Trump's Turnberry remains on the 10-strong rota for staging the Open, he indicated no announcement was imminent.

"That is where we are and 2022 and beyond is something we don't have to think about or consider for a few years," Slumbers said.

Mr Trump's campaign to stand for the US presidency has included a call for a ban on Muslims entering America. Last month, he threatened to withdraw £200m of investment from Turnberry if he was banned from the UK.

Mr Slumbers said he didn't think it appropriate to comment on political issues. But he added: "We as an organisation have said that we believe golf should be open to all, regardless of gender, race, nationality or religion and that's where we sit."

"Turnberry has not been a frequent place on the rota, there have been a lot of gaps in between and it would be not unusual."

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