Trump made his presence felt at the U.S. Women’s Open but a young Korean stole the show

By Michael Bamberger

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — H.J. Choi—17-year-old amateur golfer from Korea, braces on her teeth—was trying to win the U.S. Women’s Open. She had hit it close on the par-4 15th hole and had about 10 or 12 feet for a birdie. A three that would give her a tie for the lead late on Sunday.

A certain spectator—Donald J. Trump, in a pink shirt and a blue blazer with a double-vented back—appeared at the western wall of the White Cube, a fortified tent on a platform, lodged between the clubhouse and the 15th green. He wanted to take a closer look. He developed the property, Trump National Golf Club, the players were playing. It was a development headed for bankruptcy until he stepped in. It’s a magnificent and plush course, with a gilded clubhouse. He regards the whole set-up as one of his crowning achievements.


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