Chinese star Shanshan Feng has a one shot lead as the US Women's Open heads into the weekend at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster in New Jersey, the 27 year old seven time LPGA Tour victor one ahead of Koreans, Jeongeun6 Lee, Amy Yang and 17 year old current Australian Amateur Champion, Hye-Jin Choi.
Thompson knew that could mean only one thing - her occasional playing partner in South Florida, President Trump, had arrived at the United States Women's Open.
"How many chances are you going to get to play on a president's golf course during a U.S. Open?" An Access Hollywood tape released a month before the 2016 presidential election caught him bragging about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women who were not his wife.
Brooke Henderson had her share of tap-ins on her way to a bogey-free opening round of two-under par 70 on Thursday at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. "A lot of undulation on the greens - they're quick, the rough is deep".
"I was kind of excited about the prospect of it, regardless of who it is, that he came here to watch it", Stacy Lewis said. USGA executive director Mike Davis told the newspaper it would be "inappropriate if I said that it happened or didn't". "I got a lot of really good breaks, made some putts and now I'm on my way to the weekend and hopefully put myself in contention over the next two days".
The scene around the clubhouse and the president's adjacent private box grew lively at about 5 p.m., when Trump arrived and the rain subsided. And that was long before the release of the infamous Access Hollywood tape, where Trump is heard bragging about groping women. It is the first time Feng has broken 70 in an Open.
Though players avoided discussing politics related to Trump's visit, some did say that it could be beneficial to women's golf. Warren G. Harding in 1921 and Bill Clinton in 1997 also attended a USGA event while serving as president, viewing the U.S. Open. She hit 16 greens on the day, playing conservatively away from precarious pin placements and made a bunch of tap-in pars set up by some solid lag putting. "They're politicians and they need to go and kiss babies, and they're going to go do it". "We can appreciate that some people do, but we're a golf association, and we're sticking to golf".
That might be because, according to USA Today, Trump reportedly threatened to sue the USGA if it moved the tournament. Davis skipped a press conference this week. And the "6" in her name signifies she is the sixth player with the exact same first and last name, among two in the field this week.
Several golfers were very close to each other on the leaderboard. One by one, they politely dodged the question.
Earlier in the day, former victor Michelle Wie withdrew because of a neck injury. "But this week is about the golf". But even with this, security will increase around the course as Trump appears.
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