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Donald Trump buys Open host Turnberry

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American tycoon Donald Trump has agreed a reported £37.5million deal with Dubai-based firm Leisurecorp to buy the famed Turnberry Resort.

It will become his 17th golf property in total, and will undoubtedly lead to a first major championship at one of Trump's courses with its place on the Open rota unlikely to come under threat despite the change of ownership. Full details of the deal were not disclosed but it is thought to be in the region of $63million. 

The famous Scotland resort has hosted The Open on four previous occasions, all at the Ailsa Course, most recently in 2009 when Stewart Cink denied veteran compatriot Tom Watson, who was 59 at the time, the title of oldest major winner after he defeated the US Ryder Cup captain in a three-hole playoff. 

Zimbabwean Nick Price won the second of his three majors there in 1994, while Australia's Greg Norman has also lifted the Claret Jug. Watson himself succeeded in winning his second Open title at Turnberry in 1977. 

Originally designed by Willie Fernie, Turnberry underwent a redesign in 1949 by Mackenzie Ross after years of being used as an airbase during the First World War, something which was repeated in 1939 at the outbreak of the WWII. 

Since then, it has gone on to host titanic golfing battles such as Jack Nicklaus' dual with Watson in 1977 where, trailing by two with five holes to play, Watson overcame his fellow American on the 18th green with a birdie despite the Golden Bear himself recording a birdie three. 

Norman, The Great White Shark, stormed to a five shot win in 1986 and Price added another major title to his 1992 US PGA win with a winning score of 12 under in '94. 

Sadly, recent history of Turnberry is not easy reading for Watson, who had the chance to make unprecedented history with a sixth Open title and ninth in total when he led by one stroke going down the last. 

A bogey five let Cink into a playoff, and the American easily beat his tiring opponent in the resulting three-hole playoff. Now under the management of the Trump Organisation, it looks like becoming their first major championship. 

Trump promised to invest millions of dollars into the hotel to ensure it becomes one of the most luxurious in Europe. He also labelled the resort, established over 100 years ago in 1906, as one of the most exciting golf properties in the world. 

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