Dec 17, 2015 | 02:14 pm

Game of Thrones

There's only one King in golf, but we might have to make room for another. LeBron "King" James is teaming up with the Tour to benefit his charity, the LeBron James Family Foundation. The DAP Championship will take place in Cleveland next Sept. 8–11 and will be part of the final four events that determine which 50 players earn their PGA Tour cards. The exciting thing for golf fans—besides one of the biggest celebrities there is getting involved with golf—is that Canterbury Golf Club will host the event, which Golf Channel will televise. The Herbert Strong-designed course dates to 1922 and has hosted many big events, including two U.S. Opens in the 1940s and the 1973 PGA Championship won by Jack Nicklaus, as well as the 1979 U.S. Amateur won by Mark O'Meara. It should also be noted that Arnold Palmer won back-to-back Senior TPCs in 1984-'85. Long live the Kings.

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Dec 16, 2015 | 01:31 pm

Titling at Windmills

More bad news for Donald Trump. First, the R&A took away The Open Championship from Trump Turnberry in 2020 because the organization had had "enough," particularly after his latest plan to bar Muslins from entering the U.S. (The European Tour has close ties to Middle Eastern wealth with its many events in Muslin countries, such as the season-ending "Race to Dubai.") And today, he lost a protracted legal battle with the Scottish government over a wind farm in sight of Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen, Scotland (above). Trump, whose mother grew up in Scotland, has tried for more than two years to stop the building of 11 giant wind turbines a few miles off the coast. But in a unamimous decision, the Scottish Supreme Court's five justices rejected arguments by Trump's lawyers that the government had erred in allowing the wind farm to be built so close to his resort. "This is an extremely unfortunate verdict for the residents of Aberdeen and anyone who cares about Scotland’s economic future," George A. Sorial, Trump's executive vice president and counsel, said in an emailed statement. "History will judge those involved unfavorably and the outcome demonstrates the foolish, small-minded and parochial mentality which dominates the current Scottish government’s dangerous experiment with wind energy."

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Dec 15, 2015 | 10:39 am

Rory vs. The Robot

Over the past few years the European PGA Tour has produced a series of creative and entertaining videos promoting its stars, and now it has re-issued the most popular one ever made, a shotmaking competition featuring Rory McIlroy, a swing robot, and a number of, uh, washing machines. (The shots are fun to watch but the best part may be the nimble banter from the robot.)

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Dec 14, 2015 | 06:04 am

R&A to Turnberry: “You’re Fired!”

Donald Trump’s pronouncements as a presidential candidate are beginning to hurt his golf business. According to The Independent, the Royal & Ancient will not hold the Open Championship at Scotland’s famed Turnberry resort, which Trump bought last year. The British newspaper reported that rather than getting the 2020 Open, as was widely believed, Trump’s “reputation is so toxic that the newly renamed Trump Turnberry can no longer host the game’s most prestigious tournament.” The R&A has been watching the Trump campaign from across the ocean with increasing displeasure, with his call to close the U.S. border to Muslims the last straw. A member of the R&A told the paper that in the club’s private discussions, “One word was thrown around: Enough.” The newspaper explained that the decision isn’t only moral, but also business, as “Middle East sovereign wealth is a key element of European Tour sponsorship.” Trump's troubles aren't only in Britain. It’s been reported that the PGA Tour is considering moving the WGC-Cadillac Championship away from Trump National Doral in Miami after 2016. Earlier this year, the PGA of America pulled its Grand Slam of Golf from Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles after the candidate’s comments on Mexican immigrants, but the association said at the time that it was still planning to hold the 2017 Senior PGA Championship at Trump’s course near Washington, D.C., and the 2022 PGA Championship at his course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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