BEDMINSTER, N.J. — By Sunday, there will be an immense amount to win for golfers in the U.S. Women’s Open, starting with the winner’s share of the $5 million total purse and the chance to live in golf lore. For now, though, there is a lot to lose, which is why the players said they are determinedly quiet about President Donald Trump, whose name is all over the host course.
As they finished practicing for the championship that begins here Thursday at Trump National Golf Club, golfers were not about to start talking about anything but golf.
“There’s no benefit to us,” said Cristie Kerr, the 2007 Women’s Open champion and an acquaintance of the President. “Whatever we say can be taken out of context. We are here to just play golf. We are here to talk about a fabulous golf course.
“Yes, Mr. President, Mr. Donald Trump owns this golf course. But that was set a long time ago,” she said.
Juli Inkster, a two-time Women’s Open champion who is here working for the Fox Network, said, “It’s a no-win situation. I’m the kind of person who loves a math problem — when you get done you’ve got a set answer. Everybody has their own opinion, I think that’s a great part of being an American. I don’t preach my opinion on anybody and I really don’t want them to preach their opinion on…
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