Donald Trump has nothing listed on his official schedule of presidential campaign events on Sunday, so he’s going to watch the final round of the Cadillac Championship.
After all, it’s on his course.
Trump National Doral is the site of the event, and his name is everywhere — on the cocktail napkins, on the garbage cans, even in giant gold letters on the side of the main entrance to the facility. The caps with his “Make America Great Again” slogan are on sale in the gift shop for $30, or $2 less than the ones with his golf course’s logo. There’s even a Trump Lounge, not far from the 18th green.
His arrival won’t be a surprise. All that remains to be seen is how he arrives — there’s a helipad on the course, and coming in by helicopter has been his preferred method in recent years — and how visible he is.
Trump presented the trophy to Dustin Johnson after his win at Doral last year.
“We’ve had presidents, ex-presidents show up and cheer us on at different events, so that’s pretty neat and unique,” Bubba Watson said a few days ago, when asked for his thoughts about a presidential candidate popping in on the tournament. “But for it to be in the middle of a race, yeah, it will be different.”
The Republican front-runner had stops in Wichita, Kansas; Orlando, Florida; and West Palm Beach, Florida, on his Saturday schedule. He’s expected to be in North Carolina and Mississippi on Monday, but Sunday apparently will be all about golf.
The event itself faces a most uncertain future.
Cadillac is in the final year of its title sponsorship and a renewal seems most unlikely, for reasons unrelated to Trump’s candidacy.
“It would be a shame if it kind of gets to the direction that it sounds like it could head and Cadillac could pull out,” Englishman Danny Willett said before the tournament. “I think it would be a shame. Trump’s been pretty good for golf. It would be a shame if that was to go south and not go very well.”
The PGA of America canceled its Grand Slam of Golf that was to be held at Trump’s course in Los Angeles last year in response to comments he made about Mexican immigrants. And given the sponsorship situation, it hardly seems guaranteed that Doral, which has been part of the PGA Tour schedule for more than 50 years, is on the tour’s schedule for 2017.