Some of the best golfers in the world are competing in New Jersey this weekend - and vying for attention with a guy whose best finish was an age-group club title.
Then again, he is the president and its his club.
Fresh from a Bastille Day celebration in Paris, President Donald Trump pulled into his Trump National Golf Club around 3:40 p.m., visited his president's box next to the 14th green less than two hours later and played to the crowd, waving at the fans, giving them the thumbs up and pumping his fist.
The day after the January 20 inauguration of President Trump, hundreds of thousands of women participated in mass protests in several major US cities, galvanized by his campaign rhetoric and behavior they found to be misogynistic.
Shanshan Feng held a two-shot lead after Friday's second round at the U.S. Women's Open.
President Trump sat in one of more than a dozen black SUVs that rolled through the gate into the 500-acre grounds as the 156-player field were deep into the second round on a rainy day in New Jersey's horse country.
A local protest may be staged off the Trump National Golf Club grounds during the tournament, the group said.
The association Ultraviolet had so disrupted the course of a tournament, the LPGA Founders Cup in march in Phoenix (Arizona), deploying banners demanding the cancellation of the US Open after about machismo required by Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign.
Maintaining boundaries between the president and the public is crucial, as is being able to adjust on the fly, according to Thom Bolsch, a retired Secret Service agent who served under Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. "But they're human and a lot of times they see people they know, or they see a crowd". Theyre politicians and they need to go and kiss babies, and theyre going to go do it.. Its unknown whether he plans to mingle outside.
"Our priority is to ensure that the event takes place the better for the players and spectators", said the USGA in a news release.