The United States Women’s Open at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey (Yes, the course where he drove on the green.) has been a shootout with sloppy weather.
One adjective that is has not been used to describe it (yet) is: political. First off, I hate politics, talking about them, thinking about them, and most of all, how it divides our country into such hate if you are with the “wrong party.”
President Trump will be in attendance for the weekend for “Trump’s U.S Open” as some media has deemed it. So, we will see how this narrative changes come Monday morning (or whenever the tournament ends).
In the weeks leading up to this event, the United States Golf Association and the players of the LPGA Tour said that the event was about golf, not politics, and hoped to keep it that way.
“Now that’s my kind of tournament!,” I said to myself, echoing the sentiments of many other golf fans who are sick of the nonsense that the 2016 Presidential Election spawned.
For the most part, the wishes of the USGA and the LPGA players have come true. But earlier in the week Trump threatened to sue the USGA if it moved the site of its championship.
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club (the body that oversees the rest of the world) had previously moved all future Open Championships away from Trump Turnberry and Trump Golf International Golf Links. The PGA European Tour has moved the 2019 Scottish Open away from the latter venue, all for “clear, political issues.”
As a golf fan, I hope this year’s United States Women’s Open continues to be about the action on the golf course. It sets up to be one of the best Opens in recent memory. The weather could also continue to play a factor, but if this national championship is going to be washed away, let it be by the rain, not politics.