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February 28, 2012

Trump offers to host U.S. Women’s Open at New Jersey course

Could the U.S. Women’s Open be coming to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.?

Donald Trump mentioned the possibility in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Gary Van Sickle on Golf.com on Monday. Trump had just announced his purchase of the Doral golf resort in Miami for $150 million, and he was talking to Golf.com about his plans to renovate the longtime PGA Tour stop, as well as the success of his other golf clubs.

During the PGA at Baltusrol, I played your course in Bedminster.
We just got the Women's U.S. Open at that one, which is phenomenal. The one in Florida is great. One of the other things I'll be having is a brand new Sikorsky helicopter that'll go between my course in Palm Beach and my course in Miami. ...

However, there is no official agreement between Trump National and the USGA about hosting a U.S. Women’s Open, according to representatives of the USGA and the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster.

“The USGA has an invitation from Trump National to host a future U.S. Women’s Open championship,” the USGA said in a statement. "Discussions are ongoing, however it would be premature to comment further.”

The USGA has announced its sites for the U.S. Women’s Open through 2015. This year’s U.S. Women’s Open will take place at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisc., followed by Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. In 2014, the U.S. Women’s Open will be played at Pinehurst one week after the men’s U.S. Open, and in 2015 the Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, Pa., will host the event. If Trump National is awarded a  U.S. Women’s Open, it would likely be in 2017. Representatives from Trump National said the Bedminster course was unlikely to be chosen in 2016 because the area already has a major championship that year, the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in nearby Springfield, N.J.

A representative of Trump National in Bedminster confirmed that the club had made a formal invitation to host the U.S. Women’s Open but stressed that the club had no formal agreement with the USGA about the event. 

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