Trump threatens to sue LPGA over course change

Play or pay – that was the virtual edict to the USGA if they had any intentions of moving last weekend’s US Women’s Open away from the Donald Trump-owned Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Reports from the US suggested Trump was quite prepared to sue the United States Golf Association if they reneged on a booking to host last weekend’s major, won by South Korean Sung Hyun Park.

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That ‘threat’ was confirmed by USGA executive director Mike Davis.

It was reported that Trump first made the warning to head off any hopes of a switch about two years ago when he was just beginning to ramp up his Presidential campaign.

“We can’t get out of this…he’s going to sue us,” said Davis.

“As a matter of policy, the terms of our contracts with championship host sites are confidential and accordingly the USGA will not comment.”

“We instead focused on providing the ultimate test of golf for the best female players in the world.”

Trump’s golf course has been a regular weekend destination for the president.

He has visited the New Jersey property 11 times after taking office and was again spotted arriving at the course and watching the action from a private suite during the early rounds of the tournament – just hours after arriving home from a conference in Paris.