BEDMINSTER, N.J. — Lexi Thompson, the very best-ranked American within the ladies’s rankings, at No. three, was getting ready to hit her third shot, from simply off the inexperienced, on the par-5 fifteenth gap at Trump Nationwide Golf Membership on Friday when she observed that a lot of the followers in her gallery had their backs turned to her.

Thompson knew that would imply just one factor — her occasional enjoying companion in South Florida, President Trump, had arrived at america Ladies’s Open. He was again from a diplomatic journey to Paris and was making his option to the makeshift fishbowl of a set adorned with pink, white and blue bunting that had been erected for him on the course, which he owns.

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Lexi Thompson after he tee shot on the primary gap at Trump Nationwide Golf Course on Friday. She sometimes performs golf with President Trump.

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With the president watching from his perch a couple of yards away, Thompson hurried her chip.

“I didn’t have the perfect shot in entrance of him,” she stated with amusing after her second spherical of even-par seventy two. She is seven photographs behind the second-spherical chief, Shanshan Feng of China.

Trump’s presence was the primary time that a sitting president had made an look at the USA Ladies’s Open, so nobody was stunned that his arrival overshadowed the golf. The group enjoying instantly forward of Thompson’s turned caught in visitors when Trump’s motorcade handed the clubhouse, which sits between the ninth inexperienced and the tenth tee.

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President Trump and his son Eric watched a few of the spherical from a viewing field close to the 18th inexperienced.

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Alison Walshe and Lauren Stephenson, each People, and Weiwei Zhang of China have been held for six minutes by safety personnel beneath a makeshift shelter earlier than being allowed to proceed.

As the identical gamers hit their tee photographs on the par-three sixteenth, followers stood on the balcony of the clubhouse and across the base of Trump’s suite and shouted, “Make America nice once more!” — amongst different issues. Trump stood on the home windows and waved.

“It was undoubtedly a bit of distracting,” stated Stephenson, a 20-yr-previous newbie who’s at even par via 36 holes. “We had lots of people yelling and simply a variety of motion, however it’s fairly cool to be within the presence of the president, so I assume he will get a cross.”

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