Shanshan Feng's putter was as hot as the weather on Thursday. Many critics of the president had hoped he would stay away from the $5 million tournament because of his comments about women and the fear that he would steal the spotlight.
Former Open victor Juli Inkster, who is now a golf television analyst and will captain the Solheim team later this year, said the 6,732-yard course favors a player who can hit high, long irons. And the "6" in her name signifies she is the sixth player with the exact same first and last name, among two in the field this week.
Per the United States Golf Association, the first round will resume at 6:45 a.m. ET and second-round tee times will be pushed back by 15 minutes.
USGA officials said Friday morning it was uncertain what kind of access media might have to President Trump once he arrived.
The Olympic bronze medalist took advantage of calm morning conditions with a sizzling opening nine of five-under 31 to lead a pack that included perennial Women's Open contender Amy Yang, world number one Ryu So-yeon and former NO. 1 Lydia Ko.
Lydia Ko is trying to end a year without winning, So Yeon Ryu is going for her second major of the year and Brittany Lang is trying to become the first back-to-back victor since Karrie Webb in 2001.
But on the course, 17-year-old South Korean amateur Choi Hye-Jin was five-under for the day and eight under for the tournament through 14 holes.
Angela Stanford, who was 2-under after the first two rounds, said she was informed of extra security but didn't really notice it at the course. The 27-year-old from China was still a shot in front after playing her first nine in the second round in 1 under. I mean I love American food. Her best finish in a Women's Open was a tie for fourth in 2012.
Korda is at 3-under-par through 13 holes of her round.
"I started the round really solidly. I'm hitting good and I'm putting good and I'm feeling good about my game right now". Bogeys on her 16th and 17th holes dropped her back to six under.
"Because it rained (Wednesday) the course was playing a little bit softer", she said. He won with a birdie from a tough lie in a fairway bunker on the 18th hole in 2011. "I don't think I'd be electable, anyways".
Feng, whose swing mirrors her personality - carefree and whimsical - was more than up for the myriad of obstacles tossed at her.
"So, I'm already very happy with what I'm doing and I'm not going to feel any pressure", she said through an interpreter.
"I'll go work on that again this afternoon and hopefully it be the same over the weekend". "I knew it was going to rain and I was prepared". But Ko missed a 15-foot par putt at the fifth before closing her round with a bogey at the ninth.
Ko, silver medallist at the Rio Olympics, played in a group with Feng and gold medallist Park In-bee (77) in an Olympic podium threesome.