US Women's Open Golf 2017: Shanshan Feng Holds Narrow Lead After Thursday

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In the weeks leading up to this event, the United States Golf Association and the players of the LPGA Tour said that the event was about golf, not politics, and hoped to keep it that way.

There's enough stress through the week of a major golf championship, especially at the biggest, the U.S. Women's Open, that players don't need to create more for themselves.

The scene around the clubhouse and the president's adjacent private box grew lively at about 5 p.m., when Trump arrived and the rain subsided. I should be able to play well in any condition because I am a professional. New Zealander Ko slipped from six under with two late bogeys for her 68. I mean I love American food.

"Last year's experience gave me a lot more confidence than my first event and the results were pretty good, so I feel a lot better this year", Choi said. I just couldn't swing.

Wie actually nearly withdrew on Thursday during a painful first round at a tournament she won in 2014. "I'm going to try to stay patient".

That would not only add to the degree of difficulty of an already daunting task, but it would turn this into the most memorable week of her golfing life and become nearly impossible to top - regardless of where she takes her promising career.

After making par on her first two holes, the Kiwi then carded four consecutive bogeys to fall back. Michelle Wie, the 2014 U.S. Women's Open victor, withdrew Friday morning because of a sore right shoulder. She had not won previous year when she took this event CordeValle Golf Club in California.

"I think that was one of my keys, why I actually played well today because I left myself birdie chances for most of the holes", she said.

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Rio Games silver medalist Ko played in a group with Feng and gold medalist Park In-bee (77) in an Olympic podium threesome and bogeyed the last after hitting a wedge from the fringe rather than putting through the frog's hair.

Two-time major championship victor Brittany Lincicome put words to concerns about how the president's arrival might affect the event and change the focus of the championship.

In Gee Chun, who won this event two years ago, was in a group at 70, one shot ahead of No. 3 Lexi Thompson and former No. 1 Stacy Lewis.

Headlining the amateurs in the field this week are four of the top-six players in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com Women's Rankings: No. 1 Leona Maguire, No. 2 Hye-Jin Choi, No. 3 Jennifer Kupcho and No. 6 Eun Jeong Seong.

Rodgers had eight birdies and a bogey to move to 13-under 129.

Minjee Lee and Lydia Ko are tied for 10th following rounds of 72 and 73 respectively, while defending champion Brittany Lang (74) narrowly avoided the cut at two over.

"I take my role as a female role model very seriously, but this week is about the golf", Michelle Wie said.

No. 2 ranked Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand has nine top-10 finishes in 16 events, including a win, three seconds and a third.

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