China's Feng extends lead at US Women's Open

Sunday, 16 Jul, 2017

Shanshan Feng played in the afternoon wave and had three birdies and one bogey on her way to a second-round 70 that gave her a two-stroke lead at eight-under-par 136 at Trump National Bedminster. "We're a golf association and we're sticking to golf".

With President Donald Trump watching on at Trump National, Feng mixed three birdies with a sole blemish to move two strokes clear of a three-way tie for second.

Photo President Trump and his son Eric watched some of the round from a viewing box near the 18th green.

As the Post noted, "Trump has always been a prominent supporter of the LPGA Tour, hosting several events and inviting top female golfers to play rounds on his courses".

Thompson was asked if she noticed what was happening on the 15th and where the fans were looking.

But Thomas, from the UltraViolet group, said that numerous golfers privately agreed with the organization's stance.

"It's really wonderful that the president of the United States is here to watch us play golf and on a tremendous golf course", said Henderson, who was tied for 10th place.

"Left Paris for United States of America".

"Our priority is to ensure that the event takes place the better for the players and spectators", said the USGA in a news release. The first day featured several golfers having to stop and continue their rounds on Friday morning due to darkness.

She did allow Trump's presence - he's the first President to attend a U.S. Women's Open - might have brought the tournament some publicity.

Feng said the Kumho Tire Ladies Open had proved to be a good warm-up for her - the course was narrow and forced her to hit the ball straight.

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

"I seem to struggle when I've gone to Atlantic City [for the annual Shoprite Classic] to play, " she said. "I'm really happy about the round". I did a lot of that today which was great, especially on those downhills where they get really fast.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Rory McIlroy's preparations for next week's British Open took another hit when he failed to make the cut at the Scottish Open - his third missed cut in his last four events. "I have been battling a neck injury and have been receiving treatment every day in order to be able to play".

One could keep going down the list and find players capable of winning, including 39-year-old Cristie Kerr and No. 5 ranked In Gee Chun of South Korea, who won this event in 2015 in her first USGA event. She said she received Trump-branded swag and a little Donald Trump doll in her locker for doing well.

"It's going to draw attention to women's golf that has maybe never been in our favor before", she said, according to the Washington Post. "Just here to have fun".

Choi's six-under score is the second lowest 36-hole total in a Women's Open by an amateur.

Another South Korean, Seon Woo Bae, is in fifth place on five-under with Spaniard Carlota Ciganda tied in sixth place on four-under with three players.

Top-ranked So Yeon Ryu (72) and 2015 victor In Gee Chun (70) topped the group at 4 under, while Marina Alex (70) of Wayne, New Jersey, was the top American at 3 under. Former world No. 1 Lydia Ko and current world No. 1 So Yeon Ryu were at 68.

She now sits five shots behind Feng.

Grilled on Trump's possible appearance in pre-tournament news conferences this week, one player after another said her focus was on golf, with players uniformly declining to weigh in with any opinions on Trump.