BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — There will be no getting around President Donald Trump for the USGA and the world’s top golfers at the U.S. Women’s Open this week.
The biggest event in women’s golf is being held at Trump National Golf Club, and the first day of formal interviews Tuesday had as much to do with the tournament that starts Thursday as it did about the Republican president.
The USGA has faced pressure from women’s groups and three Democratic U.S. senators to move the event because of Trump’s comments about women and minorities, namely audio that surfaced during the campaign of Trump vulgarly describing his interactions with women. The USGA refused, keeping the marquee event at the course located a few miles from its headquarters in Far Hills.
Former Open champions Michelle Wie, So Yeon Ryu of South Korea and former world No. 1 Lydia Ko of New Zealand skirted questions Tuesday about Trump’s past, insisting they were focused on playing golf this week.
It’s unclear whether Trump will attend the tournament that runs through Sunday, said Matt Sawicki, director of USGA…