Bedminster - US President Donald Trump said on Friday he will attend the US Women's
Open tournament at his New Jersey golf resort, where organiaers have
already taken heat for his host role.
"Left Paris for U.S.A. Will
be heading to New Jersey and attending the USWomensOpen their most
important tournament, this afternoon," Trump tweeted after departing
Bastille Day celebrations in France.
The third major championship
of the LPGA season is being staged at Trump National in Bedminster, New
Jersey, where the US Golf Association is already under fire for failing
to move the richest event in women's golf over Trump's controversial
remarks about women during his presidential campaign.
were expected outside the facility after a group from nearby
Philadelphia staged a protest at the year's first US LPGA event in
Defending champion Brittany Lang, an American, was among
the many players who would not talk about Trump in order to keep their
focus on golf.
"I really don't want to answer any questions about politics," she said. "I'd love to answer stuff about golf."
Two-time major champion Brittany Lincicome said two weeks ago she hoped Trump would not attend.
maybe he doesn't show up and it won't be a big debacle and it will be
about us and not him," Lincicome told the Chicago Tribune.
don't know him. I have met him probably once. I think it will be fine.
We're going to play an amazing golf course and let our clubs do the
Trump has a history of making offensive remarks about
women and even bragged about sexually assaulting women in a now infamous
Access Hollywood video.
US star Michelle Wie, who declared on
Tuesday that, "This week is about the golf," won't be on hand when Trump
She withdrew from the event on Friday before Trump announced he
was attending - citing a neck injury.