Premier Donald Trump: US President tees up trouble for US Women’s Open Championship



US President Donald Trump hasn’t been able to resist the temptation of stealing the headlinesGETTY


US President Donald Trump hasn’t been able to resist the temptation of stealing the headlines

The television channels are dominated with news of his alleged links to Russia and there seems nowhere to turn to escape the most famous face on the planet.

You’d have thought those travelling to Bedminster in New Jersey to watch the US Women’s Open Championship this weekend would be able to do just that.

No chance, because the United States Golf Association, in their wisdom, decided to stage the most prestigious tournament in women’s golf at a course owned by Trump.

In doing so, the governing body of American golf left themselves open to accusations that their principles are weak.

Trump hasn’t been able to resist the temptation of visiting one of his back gardens to steal the headlines and mix with the finest female golfers in the world.

Some embraced it, while others made it their mission to avoid him.


“Golf is a wonderful sport but it is also a game that has failed to shed an image of discrimination”


That’s because there are many who still haven’t forgotten the infamous ‘Access Hollywood’ video tape in which he was caught bragging he could sexually assault women without having to concern himself with the possible ramifications.

Golf is a wonderful sport but it is also a game that has failed to shed an image of discrimination.

Up until March, Muirfield didn’t allow women to be members of a golf club that hosts the Open Championship.

This is 2017. Theresa May is the Prime Minister of Britain (just). Angela Merkel is the German Chancellor and the number of women running multi-national, blue chip conglomerates is too high to mention.

Yet some of those who continue to run golf remain trapped in the dark ages and this fact is coming back to haunt the USGA.

The largest untapped market for golf remains girls and women but the game is facing demographic problems in the United States.

Those of a more mature age won’t be around forever and the game needs a new generation of participants.

Tiger Woods did so much to help this. He changed the game, took it to new levels of popularity and made people of all ages and genders want to pick up a set of clubs.

But the era of Woods and Phil Mickelson, his great rival, is now coming to an end and TV ratings are plummeting.

Golf might be expanding and growing in other parts of the world like Asia but in America it is in decline.

So it falls on the shoulders of the USGA to do something about it and to grow the game and restore its rightful place among the greatest sports in this sports-mad nation.

Yet USGA executive director Mike Davis has spent the last few days conveniently avoiding questions about the game’s stance on sexual discrimination and left some of his minions to fudge the topic.

Endorsing Trump, which is effectively what the USGA have done, might not be the most intelligent approach when it comes to safeguarding the game of golf.

Attitudes need to change quickly, on both sides of the Atlantic, or golf may never cure itself of this problem.

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JOSE Mourinho means business this season.

The Manchester United boss will be expected to challenge for the Premier League title - and he knows it.

It explains why United’s stars are being put through some punishing training regimes here in Los Angeles, with Mourinho watching them every step of the way.

He has been prowling around the training pitch at UCLA dishing out roastings to those who drop their standards.


Much more is expected from Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho this season GETTY


Much more is expected from Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho this season

Jesse Lingard was the first victim and he didn’t make the same mistake twice.

United had a great season last time out in terms of winning trophies, but the Premier League will always be how they are judged and Mourinho’s men were nowhere near good enough.

But on current evidence - coupled with some new signings - we can expect them to be right in the mix this time round.

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MANCHESTER CITY took offence to me suggesting the club were paranoid for not wanting to make public the date Pep Guardiola’s squad returned to pre-season training.

Fair enough. The club have their opinion and I have mine.

But ringing to challenge the notion at three o’clock in the morning (US time) tends to prove the point somewhat.

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LOS ANGELES looks set to host another Olympics.

A deal has been struck with Paris and the IOC that will see the greatest sports show on earth return to California, either in 2024 or 2028.

But good luck to those wanting to go and watch the best athletes strut their stuff, because the public transport system here is nothing short of shambolic.

The metro is limited, the public bus service remains haphazard and unreliable while taxis, for those well enough to afford them, are few and far between.

It means people just drive everywhere in their own cars, causing horrendous traffic problems on the roads.

Those planning to visit the LA Olympics might want to set off now.

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DUSTIN JOHNSON'S form in golf’s four Majors over the last two years cannot be ignored when considering who might win the 146th Open Championship.

DJ has notched up six top 10 finishes and his performances this year are a match for anyone. At 12/1 with 188BET DJ will be the man to beat at Royal Birkdale this week.

Rory McIlroy insists his indifferent form is coming to an end, but injuries this year have prevented him working up any kind of momentum.

You can never write off McIlroy but at 16/1 he is less attractive than Rickie Fowler at 18/1. Fowler had a strong US Open and doesn’t look far away from winning his first major.

Potential dark horses Justin Rose and Hideki Matsuyama both have claims at 188BET’s 20/1.

In Rose’s favour is the fact that Birkdale is a course that rewards Major champions, with six of the eight Open winners there having previously landed one of the big ones.

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