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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

Scottish Open snubs Trump's course as venue.

"Trump would be an ideal venue, but you can't put politics aside," say sponsors..

Eric Trump and Martin Ebert course architect attend the opening  of Trump Turnberry's new golf course,  the King Robert The Bruce course,  on June 28, 2017 in Turnberry,Scotland. Formerly the Kintyre Course, it has been redesigned and upgraded and forms the second course to the acclaimed championship Ailsa course. But it will be considered for the 2019 Scottish Open. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Eric Trump and Martin Ebert course architect attend the opening of Trump Turnberry's new golf course, the King Robert The Bruce course, on June 28, 2017 in Turnberry,Scotland. Formerly the Kintyre Course, it has been redesigned and upgraded and forms the second course to the acclaimed championship Ailsa course. But it will be considered for the 2019 Scottish Open. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The course on the outskirts of Aberdeen owned by United States president Donald Trump is set to be overlooked as the venue for the 2019 Scottish Open.

It was reported recently that Trump International Golf Links was in "pole position" to host the £5.4 million event in two years' time.

However, Martin Gilbert, the chief executive of tournament sponsors Aberdeen Asset Management, said on Friday that Cruden Bay was a more likely destination due to "clear issues" around President Trump.

"We'd love to go back to the Aberdeen area at some stage (Royal Aberdeen hosted the event in 2014) and, if we went back, we'd look at various courses," Mr Gilbert said during the second day of this year's event at Dundonald Links.

"The (European) Tour have been to see Cruden Bay. Trump, I don't need to tell you, is a great golf course, but there are issues if we went there. The worst thing would be if he came! No decision has been made but look, there are clear issues, shall we say. Politics aside, Trump would be an ideal venue, but you can't put politics aside. That is the issue so we will wait and see."

Despite well-publicised lewd comments Trump has made about women, the US Women's Open is taking place at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey this week.

The executive director of the United States Golf Association (USGA) Mike Davis said in May that the organisation would not ''cross the line into politics.''

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