Don't let them fool you. "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 US Women's Open and not think [of] it in a political way".
Ko was peppered with questions about Trump, who is expected to make an appearance over the weekend after visiting France for Bastille Day celebrations on July 14.
"I will say Brittany is my best friend and I guarantee you she didn't mean it literally, what she said", defending champion Brittany Lang said. "This is one of the biggest tournaments in US, and I strongly say this is best tournament in USA, and everybody wants to win this tournament and, well, he's President of U.S.as well, so I think no matter his coming or not, the fact is not going to be changed", Ryu said.
Said Roy, lead golf producer for NBC: "The player-caddie dynamic in golf is often one of the most compelling and unique narratives being captured during our coverage". I don't preach my opinion on anybody and I really don't want them to preach their opinion on myself. It's just one example of how Trump has been a consistent, lucrative supporter of women's golf. They're wondering who will take the trophy home.
If Donald Trump does decide to show up at the U.S. Women's Open - and people are preparing as if that arrival is all but a certainty at this point - he'll have a nifty spot to watch the action. "You feel like anybody could win on a given week".
But this week she goes into the tournament at Trump National in New Jersey as an afterthought with her game in a mess.
"He's said some really stupid stuff, for sure", Kerr said. "You're going to have to manage yourself in between shots because it's very demanding on every shot".
World No. 1 So Yeon Ryu of South Korea headlines the field, with 10 former champions competing this week.
Two weeks later South Korean Ryu leap-frogged the Thai into top spot by winning the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship and becoming the season's first multiple victor. The pair arrived at the third playoff hole, the par five, 18 hole where both had a chance to win after both made par at the 16 and 17 holes. It's about the golf, she said. The 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur (won by Jordan Spieth) and U.S. Girls' Junior (won by Amy Anderson) were contested on the club's Old (site of the Women's Open) and New courses.
The Old Course will give players more room off the tee, which the big hitters should like, but misses will be punished by 4 inches of juicy rough.
Softened by thunderstorms this week, the 6,732-yard course could favor long hitters but the huge greens could put a premium on putting. I think it will be fine.
"There's no benefit to us", said Cristie Kerr, the 2007 Women's Open champion and an acquaintance of the President.
Mackay, 52, got his first taste of broadcasting at the 2015 RSM Classic, when he and John Wood, Matt Kuchar's caddie, were on-course reporters during Golf Channel's coverage.