Women’s Bri­tish Open braces for Trump visit

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY STEVE DOU­GLAS TURN­BERRY, SCOT­LAND

Lizette Salas should be mid­way through her first round at the Women’s Bri­tish Open on Thurs­day morn­ing when Don­ald Trump ar­rives via he­li­copter to ex­pected fanfare at his Turn­berry re­sort.

Salas, a U.S golfer with Mex­i­can her­itage, likely won’t pay much at­ten­tion.

Not be­cause she holds a grudge at Trump’s deroga­tory re­marks about Mex­i­cans that have dom­i­nated the pre-tour­na­ment chat­ter at the fourth ma­jor of the year. Quite sim­ply, Salas will have more im­por­tant things on her mind.

“He can say what he wants,” the 26-year-old Salas said Wed­nes­day. “It does not change the way I feel about my­self, about my her­itage. I’m very proud of my par­ents and where my grand­par­ents are from.

“Re­gard­less of what he said, that’s my goal — to hold up that tro­phy.”

There are a num­ber of com­pelling story lines at the Women’s Bri­tish Open in western Scot­land this week: In­bee Park re­sum­ing her quest for the ca­reer Grand Slam; 18-year-old prodigy Ly­dia Ko seek­ing that elu­sive first ma­jor; Michelle Wie go­ing for vic­tory with an in­jured left foot.

Yet, they are all be­ing over­shad­owed, for now at least, by the sched­uled pres­ence of Trump and the stag­ing of the event at a course he owns.

Trump is rarely out of the head­lines lately be­cause of com­ments he is mak­ing dur­ing his U.S. pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. In one par­tic­u­lar re­mark, the Repub­li­can con­tender said some Mex­i­can im­mi­grants bring drugs and crime to the U.S., and some are rapists. He brought golf into the is­sue by say­ing the sport’s gov­ern­ing bod­ies sup­port his opin­ions be­cause “they know I’m right.”

Sud­denly, golf was stuck in a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion, in the face of a fig­ure who has poured so much money into the sport and has 18 cour­ses in his port­fo­lio, in­clud­ing Turn­berry since last year.

The PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, U.S. Golf As­so­ci­a­tion and PGA of Amer­ica said Trump’s com­ments were “in­con­sis­tent with our strong com­mit­ment to an in­clu­sive and wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment.” Play­ers mostly have kept their thoughts about Trump to them­selves. Sig­nif­i­cant fall­out has been lim­ited to the PGA of Amer­ica mov­ing Oc­to­ber’s Grand Slam of Golf from Trump’s golf course in Los An­ge­les.

AP PHOTO

A he­li­copter owned by Don­ald Trump de­parts from the Turn­berry golf course in Turn­berry, Scot­land, Wed­nes­day.

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