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100% PERFECTION NOW SHIPPING TO AUSTRALIA www.perfectsocks.co.nz NZ’S PERFECT MERINO & CASHMERE GOLFING SOCK. FOR HIM FOR HER Arch Support Extra fine toe seam Cushioned sole Reinforced toe Reinforced heal Perfect Socks are the ultimate in comfort and softness. “ The PGA Tour has had a 53-year commitment to the Doral community, the greater Miami area and the charities that have benefited from the tournament,” the Tour said via a statement. “Given this commitment, we are moving forward with holding the 2016 event at the Blue Monster. Immediately after the completion of the 2016 tournament, we will explore all options regarding the event’s future.” Read into that what you will, but unless something changes dramatically over the next five days, Trump National Doral Miami will be just another American course come Monday. We’ve seen this brand of stubborn single- mindedness before – and the damage it inevitably does – in our own backyard. When billionaire Clive Palmer bought the Australian PGA Championship venue the Hyatt Regency Coolum and then proceeded to battle the Aussie tour on a string of issues, the tournament was quickly on borrowed time. The Sunshine Coast venue’s 11-year run as the tournament’s host ended abruptly in 2013, and it has subsequently slid into sharp decline, even closing its gates late last year as a dispute with villa owners at the resort got ugly. The difference between the Coolum fracas and the issue with Trump and Doral is that unlike in Australia, the PGA Tour will have clubs queuing up for the chance to take the WGC-Cadillac off Trump’s hands. Trump might be issuing a public shoulder shrug at the prospect of losing his event – “If they want to do that, it’s fine with me. I’ll make more money” – but for a man whose life has been built on publicity, losing one of his biggest annual soapboxes will undoubtedly sting. There’s no question that without Trump, we likely wouldn’t have a tournament at Doral. His purchase of the resort five years ago and subsequent cash injection lifted it out of a financial canyon and set it on the path to longevity. The irony is that the man who saved it will now probably cost it most dearly. E WE’VE SEEN THIS BRAND OF STUBBORN SINGLE- MINDEDNESS BEFORE – AND THE DAMAGE IT INEVITABLY DOES – IN OUR OWN BACKYARD.
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