Bedminster - The shadow of President Donald Trump hangs over
the US Women's Open golf tournament which takes place this week at the Trump
National golf course in New Jersey.
Brittany Lincicome said a couple weeks ago she hopes Trump
doesn't appear at event because the spotlight should be on the players and not
on the controversial politician.
Two-time major winner Lincicome said she would let her
performance "do the talking."
"Hopefully, maybe he doesn't show up and it won't be a
big debacle and it will be about us and not him," American Lincicome told
the Chicago Tribune.
"I 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 talking.
"It would be so impossible, even if we wanted to
boycott it. I mean, the purse is so big, I don't think anybody would. We don't
get to play for that much money that often."
Despite earlier rumblings that some of the LPGA Tour
professionals might boycott the event at Trump's golf course in Bedminster, New
Jersey because of his offensive comments about women, a full field is expected
The US Women's Open, which runs from Thursday to Sunday, is
the most prestigious event on the women's tour.
Returning is defending champ Brittany Lang who captured her
first major title by three strokes over Anna Nordqvist of Sweden in a
Nordqvist was slapped with a two-stroke penalty on the
second extra hole when her club head slightly contacted the sand before she
started her backswing while playing from a bunker.
Lincicome also said that moving this week's tournament to
another course wasn't a logical option.
"It's a fine line because the USGA picked that golf
course years ago," Lincicome said.
Trump has a history of making offensive remarks and even
bragged about sexually assaulting women in a now infamous Access Hollywood
Michelle Wie, Stacy Lewis and Paula Creamer all declined
Tuesday to comment on Trump.
"This week is about the golf," Wie said.
"The US Open is our national championship. So, you
know, I really want to focus on the golf part and hopefully inspire a lot of
young women and women in general with my game."
Despite all the controversy, at least one of the US golfers
competing this week thinks Trump will turn out to be a great president.
Cristie Kerr, 39, said earlier: "I happen to believe
that he is going to do some great things for this country."