“With all due respect to Doral, it had lost a lot of the buzz in recent years,” observed Wood, who added that the unfamiliar but “one of the most interesting” courses the PGA Tour plays “provided an energy to the tournament that we haven’t felt in a while.”
Tour commissioner Tim Finchem stated in June that the loss of the sponsor of the former WGC-Cadillac Championship necessitated the move. He had earlier joined other leading golf organizations in a tepid statement that suggested then-candidate Trump’s incendiary remarks about Mexicans and immigrants might compel a change of venues from Trump properties, most famously the Cadillac tourney at Trump National Doral.
Judging by the fan turnout and caddie and player reaction to last week’s event (Rory McIlroy said it was “awesome” that kids 16 and under got in for free), Doral and its Donald Trump-related baggage is firmly in the tour’s rearview mirror.
Could the Coyotes really move? And to where? And why? Time to call myself to talk through this.
Ugh. So let’s start with the basics. What is Glendale, and why do the Coyotes and NHL want to leave it?
Glendale is a city of 226,000 people, nine miles north of downtown Phoenix. It’s also the home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. The NBA’s Phoenix Suns play in downtown Phoenix, and the Coyotes wish they could join them. The Coyotes play in Gila River Arena, 12.5 miles northwest of Phoenix.
That sounds like a long drive, but it’s not. It takes 30 minutes to drive from downtown Phoenix to Gila River Arena, about the same drive a lot of Dallas Stars fans have to make to get from their suburb homes to American Airlines Center.
Of course, the Dallas-Fort Worth area has a rapid transit system that drops you off right next to the arena. The Phoenix area has no such system.
Also, like any main metroplex freeway artery, traffic is garbage during rush hour.
OK, but you’re assuming ALL of the Coyotes fans live in Phoenix.