John Daly, the outspoken 1995 British Open champion, demanded on Thursday that Turnberry be reinstated in the schedule of competitions as a sign of support for former US President Donald Trump.
According to a report by Yahoo Sports after Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in January 2021, Trump’s 2014 purchase of the Scottish course was removed from the schedule.
The British Open was last held at Turnberry in 2012. According to the R&A, the event won’t be held there again until “the attention will be on the championship” rather than the owner of the course.
Due to his exemption as a previous champion, Daly, who won the Open at St. Andrews in 1995, is back at the birthplace of golf this week.
“I know they don’t want to go back, but it would be great to see Turnberry again on the rotation,” Daly said after carding a one over par round on Thursday: “What daddy Trump has done to that place, I heard is amazing.”
The 56-year-old has drawn attention in St Andrews with his customarily unusual clothing choices and was even photographed smoking during his practice rounds.
John II, Daly’s son, is drawing notice as his father’s caddie. Daly’s golf bag is covered in brilliant orange branding from the American restaurant company “Hooters,” which has sponsored the duo.
“I’ve always loved the British Open,” added Daly. “Being here, the fans for all these years have been just awesome.”
Political figures around the world have been waiting with bated breath to hear whether the former president will run for office once again, possibly looking to serve out a second term in the White House.