Even Trump can't distract Henderson at US Open

Saturday, 15 Jul, 2017

China's Shanshan Feng shrugged off the effects of jet lag to fire a six-under-par 66 and seize the early first-round lead in hot, steamy conditions at the U.S. Women's Open at Trump National Golf Club on Thursday. 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.

"Regardless of your political affiliation and whether you are a fan of Trump or you're not a fan of Trump, having a president at a women's golf event is pretty remarkable", Alex said shortly before Trump's arrival.

She is in an eight-way tie for sixth although 10 other players yet to complete their round are within two shots of her.

Hye-Jin Choi, a native of South Korea, has put together an impressive 2017 thus far with wins coming at the Australian Women's Amateur and Queen Sirikit Cup.

Spain's Carlota Ciganda is one of three players on four-under along with world number one So Yeon Ryu of South Korea and New Zealand's Lydia Ko.

Langer, 59, was 6-under par through 16 holes and 13 under for the tournament.

BEDMINSTER, N.J. -Shanshan Feng increased her lead in the U.S. Women's Open and lost the spotlight. The popular group of Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson and Stacy Lewis played the nearby 15th hole as most spectators cheered, took photos and gave thumbs-up to Trump, who returned the gestures.

Two-time major champion Brittany Lincicome said two weeks ago that she hoped Trump would not attend, fearing it would distract from the competition.

Former Florida State All-American Kris Tamulis, who teed off in the morning wave of golfers, carded a 2-over par score of 74 with 14 of 18 holes scored at par or better with three birdies.

For sure, the rust that had accumulated since she was last able to go full out was on display, as Wie scuffled to a 3-over 39 in her outgoing-9.

"I just did really well for the first two rounds, and I think that I should just keep doing the same thing for the weekend", Feng said.

Protests were expected outside the facility after a group from nearby Philadelphia staged a demonstration at the year's first US LPGA event in Arizona.

Having plunged outside the top 40, Ko responded with birdies on four of her last five holes, rediscovering the putting touch that highlighted her opening round of 68.

In a conversation with Gary Gilchrist, Feng's longtime swing coach, he said her consistency is wonderful considering she doesn't practice.

"I heard people like kind of screaming, so that's what I was trying to find out, like, 'Why they were screaming?' " she said.