Three senators ask LPGA commissioner to move 2017 U.S. Women's Open from Donald Trump course

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Three senators ask LPGA commissioner to move 2017 U.S. Women's Open from Donald Trump course

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Three senators ask LPGA commissioner to move 2017 U.S. Women's Open from Donald Trump course

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A trio of Democratic senators want the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open moved from Donald Trump’s New Jersey course, according to the Associated Press. Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut, Edward Markey, of Massachusetts, and Bob Casey, of Pennsylvania, wrote a letter requesting that USGA executive director and Chief Executive Officer Mike Davis remove the championship from Trump National in Bedminster, N.J., because of the Republican presidential candidate’s “pattern of degrading and dehumanizing women.”

Martha Burk made a similar plea in a blog for the Huffington Post that was posted during the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open in July. Burk, of course, made a name for herself in the golf world when she protested the Masters in 2002, calling on the club to end its discrimination against women.

The LPGA went through a similar experience in 2015 when the Ricoh Women’s British Open was held at Trump Turnberry. In both cases, many high-profile LPGA players saw no need to move their championships from Trump properties.

“I know my players on tour,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan told Golfweek earlier this month. “What they really want is great venues and to play in front of big crowds and big TV. … The last thing they’d want their commissioner to do is to have a real statement in politics that affects opportunities out here.”

Whan went on to say that the LPGA would stand behind the USGA’s decision either way.
Golfweek interviewed a dozen players at the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship and found only player who was adamant that the championship be moved.

“On principle, I feel it’s just not right,” said England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff.

Brittany Lang, the 2016 Women’s Open champion, however, felt there was no need to move it. Neither did major champions Mo Martin, Cristie Kerr, Lydia Ko or Brittany Lincicome.

“I don’t think politics matter when it comes to what course we play,” said American Austin Ernst. “All we care about is the golf course.”

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