Cadillac originally signed a multi-year deal with the PGA in 2010 to sponsor the World Golf Championship, which took effect in 2011.
Since 2007, the event has been held at what is now known as the Trump National Doral Miami location. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, took control of the property in 2012.
For 2016, though, the PGA WGC will be moving to Mexico City, Mexico, as Cadillac has ended its sponsorship of the event, according to Autoblog. Without automaker funds, the event had no choice but to move the location from the Trump owned facility.
Trump responded to the sponsorship’s end saying, “Cadillac’s been a great sponsor, but they’re moving it to Mexico. They’re moving it to Mexico City which, by the way, I hope they have kidnapping insurance. They’re moving it to Mexico City. And I’m saying, you know, what’s going on here? It is so sad when you look at what’s going on with our country.”
Autoblog reached out for comment, with Cadillac responding, “We are proud to have been the title sponsor of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship since 2011. We have made the decision, however, not to extend our sponsorship beyond this year. We thank the PGA TOUR for a great six years with the Cadillac Championship.”
Intentions behind the sponsorship cancellation are not known, but merely looking at recent Cadillac branding can give the clue Cadillac isn’t trying to court the golfers any longer.