World No 1 So Yeon Ryu is focusing on golf in this week’s US Women’s Open and not the controversy surrounding the event, which is being staged at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Women’s rights activists have criticized the USGA for staging the event there due to the allegations of sexist remarks against US President Donald Trump, who owns the property.
“First of all, I’m not American so I don’t really know about political stuff and I’m a professional golfer. I’m more think about how I’m going to play well at my stage instead of who is on the stage. We are here to play golf, not hear to talk about the politics so I don’t have any better answer about it, ” said Ryu, who rose to the top of the Rolex World Ranking two weeks ago after winning the Walmart Arkansas NW Championship.
Asked if she agreed with Brittany Lincicome, who had told the Chicago Tribune earlier that she hopes Trump does not come for the tournament, Ryu responded: “This is Trump’s property. That’s why this is so like big issue.
“But I know he’s a huge fan of golf. This is one of the biggest tournaments in US and and everybody wants to win this tournament and, well, he’s President of US as well … so I think no matter his coming or not, the fact is not going to be changed.”
Lincicome was one of a few players who chose to comment on the matter, with most – like Ryu – opting to skirt the politically-charged topic.