USGA executive director Mike Davis faced criticism this week for not attending the introductory press conference for the U.S. Women’s Open. Though he regularly skips that press conference, his absence was more notable this week given the fact that the Women’s Open is being played at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., a controversial topic for some time.
The feeling was, that if I were sitting up there, that was going to make the press conference very political in nature,” Davis told the Golf Channel on Thursday. “If I wasn’t up there, it was going to do what we wanted it to do, place the focus on the biggest and most important championship in golf.”
Davis was also asked about Trump’s presence at the event, and he noted that tournament officials are still unaware if the president will make an appearance this week. But if he were to come, Davis said “we would certainly welcome him.”
The U.S. Women’s Open, widely considered the most prestigious event in women’s golf, runs Thursday through Sunday.