Trump Threatened to Sue If USGA Moved Women's Open in 2017

Michelle Wie explains how she and Danielle Kang came up with their BFF handshake

Michelle Wie explains how she and Danielle Kang came up with their BFF handshake

The USGA considered moving this week's U.S. Women's Open from the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey two years ago as Donald Trump's bid to run for president began to materialize, USA Today Sports has reported, citing a person with direct knowledge of a meeting in which the matter was discussed.

The event, which goes from July 13-16, is being held at the Trump National Golf Club.

Brennan reached out to Davis on Monday, but he had no comment.

"I have my opinion, and everybody is free to have their own opinion, but for me I think I'm just going to have a great week here, enjoy it and I'm excited to play the U.S. Women's Open and not think of it in a political way for me".

The USGA announced that it would be holding this year's Open at the site in 2012.

"More than anything, it was very preemptive, before the storm if he did get elected president", the source told USA Today.

In a report from USA Today's Christine Brennan, her anonymous source was recounting a conference call from two years prior, after Trump had declared himself a candidate.

Inbee Park, another highly-ranked South Korean player, said there was good reason for her and other golfers to deflect the Trump issue.

Davis made a statement in May regarding the integrity of their decision to keep the event at Trump's venue, reminding everyone that the women's U.S. Open is not a political event. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Edward Markey of MA and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania wrote in the wake of the Access Hollywood tape where Trump bragged about being able to sexually assault women with impunity that the then candidate had shown a "pattern of degrading and dehumanizing women".

"We can't get out of this...he's going to sue us", said Davis during the call, according to the person.

The USGA declined to move the tournament, which begins Thursday morning at Trump National. We're not. This is a golf event of the United States Golf Association. "We are here to play golf, not hear to talk about the politics".

"Let me make it very clear", Davis told reporters in May, "that when we came here, it was all about coming to a great golf course playing the greatest championship in women's golf". We have 156 women playing in the championship who are excited about it.

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