The 36-hole stroke-play event, launched in 1979, ultimately
proved too difficult to fit in the busy golf landscape and was
also proving difficult to attract fans, TV viewership and media
interest, according to the PGA of America.
Last year's Grand Slam of Golf was due to be played at a Donald
Trump-owned course but was scrapped after controversial comments
Trump made about undocumented Mexican immigrants as he launched
his Republican candidacy for U.S. president.
The PGA of America said the PGA Tour's wrap-around schedule,
which starts in October, the European Tour's Race to Dubai, plus
other key international events, make the fall schedule very busy
and hectic for the top players in the world.
"After carefully evaluating the PGA Grand Slam of Golf over the
past few years and studying how this event fits with today's
golf landscape and the PGA of America's long term strategic
plan, the PGA has decided to discontinue the event," the
organization said in a release posted on its website.
"When the PGA Grand Slam of Golf was launched in 1979, the golf
world was much different than it is today." (Reporting by Larry
Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue)
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