Trump visit a security challenge at women's golf tournament

USGA executive director Mike Davis does not know if President Donald Trump will appear at the U.S. Women's Open this week

Trump's visit marked the first time a sitting president has attended the U.S. Women's Open, and the U.S. Golf Association was unrepentantly welcoming despite the controversy sparked by Trump's controversial remarks about women during his presidential campaign.

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UltraViolet staged a similar protest at the men's U.S. Open in Wisconsin last month, flying a plane banner over the course reading "Take a mulligan, dump Trump". A few hours later, he watched from an enclosed glass box next to the 14th green and stole the show.

Trumps residence is on the golf course, which sits on more than 600 acres of rolling hills in central New Jersey farmland, where a steady stream of players and fans will be walking throughout the four days.

President Donald Trump, through his Trump Organization, owns or operates 17 different golf courses around the world, including 12 in the United States, two in Dubai, one in Ireland and two in Scotland.

Thompson noticed where the attention had gone.

"It's not like you have to beat 156 of the best women golfers", Inkster said.

Henderson, a Canadian, didn't seem to mind.

"If the President of the United States decides to attend the US Women's Open Championship, we welcome him", the governing body said in a statement. "I'm really excited and it was a great opportunity".

It also was suggested that if the president attended the event it would take the spotlight from the players.

"I heard people like kind of screaming so that's what I was trying to find out, like why they were screaming", tourney leader Shanshan Feng said after carding a second-round 2-under 70.

Former Open victor Juli Inkster, who is now a golf television analyst and will captain the Solheim team later this year, said the 6,732-yard course favors a player who can hit high, long irons.

Pettersen, who is from Norway, has been a relatively vocal supporter of Trump.

"I didn't hit the best shot in front of him", she said with a laugh. "I didn't really get distracted".

That was good enough for a two-stroke lead over South Korea's Lee Jeong Eun6, Amy Yang and Choi Hye Jin, who all shared second on 138. However, Trump was particularly critical of how many rounds President Barack Obama played in office, and so now he looks somewhat hypocritical in retrospect.

Lee uses the "6" after her first name because there are six other South Korean players with the same name.

Feng had three birdies and a bogey for a 36-hole total of 8-under 136.

Only one amateur has won the Women's Open: Catherine Lacoste of France in 1967.

Seon Woo Bae was alone in fifth place at 5 under after a 69. The 2014 victor shot a 73 on Thursday and stopped on her second hole Friday.

He tweeted Friday morning that he was headed to New Jersey to attend the tournament.



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