Donald Trump Returns Fire at LPGA Commissioner over Perceived Slight

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterJuly 14, 2015

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Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

Donald Trump owns many golf courses and clubs.

He will tell you this repeatedly and at length, as he did in a recent letter to LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan.

Both the LPGA and the Ladies' Golf Union have issued statements distancing their organizations from Trump in response to inflammatory remarks the business magnate made about illegal immigration in June.

The LPGA is holding the upcoming Women's British Open at a Trump-owned golf course, and the organization does not want to appear to condone his political agenda.

Naturally, this rankled Trump, who in turn wrote a snide letter to Whan telling the LPGA it can move the British Open to some other golf course if it don't like his stances.

GolfWeek.com posted a PDF of the letter. The following is verbatim, as written by Trump:

Dear Michael,

As you know, I have been a tremendous supporter of women's golf. When others wanted nothing to do with it, and many thought that the LPGA tour was a thing of the past and had absolutely no future, I stuck with the tour and with the ladies, many of whom I have gotten to know and respect—not only for their great talent but for being wonderful people. I defended the LPGA Tour for years. In many cases, because all of my seventeen clubs are very successful (with most of them being high end private), I had enormous pushback from my members. I would, and do, allow LPGA players to use and practice at my facilities, free of charge, with members not being thrilled. The good news is that last week, prior to the immense support I am now getting for being right on the issue of illegal immigration, many of the women came to my defense. Natalie Gulbis, Suzann Pettersen and others were wonderful in stating the good I have done for women's golf. Their words of support were very much appreciated by me.

Unfortunately, their Commissioner – you—who I do not even know, put out a nasty statement "At the current time, plans are to continue to stage the RICOH Women's British Open at Turnberry. With just three weeks until the championship, a change in venue for this prestigious major simply isn't feasible without significantly diminishing the event. By no means, however, does this decision suggest support for Mr. Trump's comments" (which have proven correct). You never called me to tell me this, as common decency would have dictated, but rather just put it out to the media. As you have heard, and as Univision and NBC are finding out, I am a "plus 5" at contracts. You have an absolutely binding contract to play the great Turnberry Ailsa course but, based on your rude comment to the press, please let this letter serve to represent that, subject to a conversation with me on the details, I would be willing to let you play the Women's British Open, in two weeks, at another course rather than magnificent Turnberry (which I own). I think you have done an extraordinary disservice to women's golf, but in no way will that diminish my respect for the women on the LPGA tour or their great golfing talent. 

Please contact me at your earliest convenience to discuss my releasing the LPGA from its obligations under the contract. Obviously, you will have to move quickly!

Sincerely, Donald J. Trump.

P.S. Apparently, the American public disagrees with you in that I have just gone to #1 and #2 in the polls.

Now, there's a slight problem in Trump's message, as the Ladies' Golf Union—not the LPGA—decides where the British Open is played.

Also, business relationships are two-way streets, and by Trump's logic, common decency might've dictated him giving the LPGA and his other partners a polite heads-up about his plans to refer to the people of Mexico as "rapists" and "killers" while announcing his plans to run for president of the United States in June.

Just saying: Common courtesy goes both ways, and as a businessman, Trump theoretically must consider his business partners before making moves that could affect them both.

Then again, Trump has plenty of money and is clearly happy with where he stands in the polls, so theoretical good business is kind of secondary at the moment.

Dan is on Twitter using a magnificent laptop (which he owns).

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