BEDMINSTER, N.J. — The oldest and many remunerative vital in women’s golf always attracts a lot of interest, and a concentration has strong for a 72nd U.S. Women’s Open during Trump National Golf Club Bedminster given of a venue’s tie to U.S. President Donald Trump.
Trump bought a skill in New Jersey equine country, before a estate of automaker John DeLorean, in 2002. The U.S. Women’s Open is being played on Trump National’s Old Course. Another major, a 2022 PGA Championship, is also slated for Trump National.
With so many headlines surrounding a tournament before it even begins, here are a 5 things to watch for this week.
1. Will Donald Trump be a third sitting boss to attend a USGA championship?
Although Trump will be in France while a initial dual days of a U.S. Women’s Open are being played, there is a lot of conjecture that a First Golfer will be on palm on a weekend during his eponymous club, where he spends a lot of time.
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According to a USGA, Presidents Warren G. Harding and Bill Clinton attended U.S. Opens while in office. Harding attended a 1921 U.S. Open during Columbia Country Club and presented a prize and bullion award to leader Jim Barnes. Clinton — with his daughter, Chelsea — watched partial of a final turn in 1997 during Congressional Country Club from a private observation mount assembled on a 16th hole yet didn’t attend in a awards presentation.
Former President Gerald Ford attended a 1982 U.S. Open during Pebble Beach and was partial of a shutting rite yet didn’t benefaction a prize to Tom Watson. Former President George W. Bush spoke during a flag-raising rite before a 2013 Walker Cup during a National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York, yet didn’t attend a two-day competition.
Several LPGA golfers were questioned in pre-championship media conferences about a eventuality being hold on a Trump-owned march and stressed their enterprise to stay out of any domestic debate.
“I take my purpose as a womanlike purpose indication unequivocally seriously,” pronounced 2014 U.S. Women’s Open champion Michelle Wie. “This week is about a golf. This is a inhabitant championship and one of my favorite weeks of a year. we unequivocally wish to concentration on a golf partial and hopefully enthuse a lot of immature women and women in general, hopefully, with my game.”
2. What are a contingency of successful invulnerability by 2016 champion Brittany Lang?
If story is an accurate indicator, it won’t be easy for Lang, 31, who took a 2016 championship in a playoff over Anna Nordqvist during CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California.
In a past 40 years, usually Hollis Stacy (1977-78), Betsy King (1989-90), Annika Sorenstam (1995-96) and Karrie Webb (2000-01) have successfully shielded a U.S. Women’s Open title, and it has happened usually 7 times in a event’s history. In fact, given 1991, usually 4 players have even finished in a tip 10 a year after winning a Open.
Unfortunately for Lang, she is not personification good entrance into this week. She doesn’t have a top-10 finish, and she tied for 42nd and missed a cut in a initial dual majors of 2017, a ANA Inspiration and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. It would be good if Lang had a good week, though, given that Nordqvist’s manners infringement in a 2016 playoff took some courtesy divided from Lang’s Open victory.
3. Will knowledge during Trump National Bedminster matter?
This is not a initial USGA championship being played Trump National Bedminster. The 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur (won by Jordan Spieth) and U.S. Girls’ Junior (won by Amy Anderson) were contested on a club’s Old (site of a Women’s Open) and New courses.
A dozen players who competed in a 2009 U.S. Girls’ Junior are personification this week, surfaced by universe No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn, who modernized to a quarterfinals in 2009, and No. 3 Lexi Thompson. Other players entrance behind for another inhabitant championship are Austin Ernst, Danielle Kang, Kim Kaufman, In-Kyung Kim, Jessica Korda, Alison Lee, Ally McDonald, Stephanie Meadow, Jenny Shin and Kelly Shon.
“To be honest, we don’t remember a golf march during all,” pronounced Kang, who won a Women’s PGA Championship progressing this month. “All is remember is removing a Donald Trump dolls. we remember removing Trump H2O bottles. we remember that kind of gift.”
4. On an critical anniversary, can an pledge make some new history?
Five amateurs — a many famous being four-time champion Bobby Jones and a many new Johnny Goodman in 1933 — have won a U.S. Open, yet usually one pledge has prisoner a U.S. Women’s Open. This is a 50th anniversary of Catherine Lacoste’s feat on a Cascades march during The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia.
Lacoste, daughter of French tennis player/clothing idol Rene Lacoste and Simone de la Chaume, 1927 Ladies’ British Open Amateur champion, degraded Susie Maxwell and Beth Stone by 2 strokes notwithstanding sharpened a final-round 79. Half a dozen amateurs have been runner-up given Lacoste took a pretension during age 22, with Lang and Morgan Pressel being a final to come so close, restraining for second during Cherry Hills in 2005.
Don’t be astounded if some of a 21 amateurs in a margin contend this week during Trump National Bedminster. Three to watch: Leona Maguire, 22; Eun Jeong Seong, 17; Hye-Jin Choi, 17.
Maguire, from Ireland and a member of a Duke University women’s team, binds a No. 1 mark in a Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking and won a new Ladies’ British Open Amateur. A runner-up in a 2017 NCAA championship, Maguire has won 7 college tournaments.
In 2016, Seong became a initial actor to win a U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Women’s Amateur in a same year. The South Korean has gotten a ambience of a pro diversion this year by personification in 4 LPGA events, with her best finish a tie for 16th in a Lotte Championship.
Choi, also from South Korea, was low pledge in final year’s U.S. Women’s Open and tied for seventh in a 2017 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, an LPGA event.
5. Will carrying her mom on palm assistance Lexi Thompson?
Thompson total to have a clearer mind this week. Her mother, Judy, has finished deviation treatments for uterine cancer after medicine final month and will be in her gallery during Trump National.
“She had her final deviation diagnosis final Wednesday,” Thompson pronounced Tuesday. “She’s here ancillary me — happy to have her here.”
Thompson, 22, an eight-time leader in her LPGA career and now No. 3 in a world, tied for seventh dual weeks ago during a KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. “To hear that [she was sick] was really difficult,” Thompson said. “I was perplexing to concentration as most as we could on a golf course, yet it was tough inside. She’s my best friend, and it’s good to have her out here ancillary me.”