The United States Women’s Open is the ultimate test in Women’s golf. It requires all a player has to give, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Brittany Lang knows all about what it takes to win a Women’s Open. She is the defending champion after defeating Anna Nordqvist in last year’s much-discussed playoff. “The US Women’s Open is such a tough venue it demands all of your attention before you even step on the property,” she says. “You have to stay focused.”
Lang was at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. earlier this week where the 72nd edition of the Women’s Open will be contested from July 13-16. She’s looking forward to the occasion. “Last year was an amazing experience,” she said. “and after being here and seeing how pretty this place is it’s going to be spectacular. It will be a fun week to defend. I’ll definitely be nervous but excited as well.”
The Old Course at Trump National plays to 6,732 yards on the scorecard with a par of 72. Tournament Director Shannon Rouillard says it will provide the players with a thorough examination. “We intend this to be the ultimate test of golf,” she said, “not necessarily the hardest test of golf, a total examination of not only a player’s playing ability but their mental stability, as well. It is our intention to get every club in their bag dirty.”
This year’s Women’s Open will be contested just a short trip from Golf House, the USGA’s headquarters building and adjacent museum, where Lang’s name is now engraved in the Hall of Champions, which chronicles the achievements of every USGA champion dating back to 1895. “I need to go over there,” Lang said.
This championship is also unique in that it’s the first time a USGA championship, or any golf tournament for that matter, has been staged at a venue owned by the President of the United States.
During a session with the media, Lang was asked if she had considered skipping the championship in light of the surrounding political issues; she said that was out of the question. “The U.S. Open is my ultimate golf tournament,” she said, “My favorite event of the year. I would never miss it. I’m just thankful that I’m going to be able to play, just the highlight of my year.”
The Women’s Open is a USGA championship, not a LPGA event and LPGA players have been reluctant to discuss the possibility of protesters making a statement at Trump National.
USGA Executive Director Mike Davis offered his thoughts on that possibility. “If we have protestors, that’s their right in this country to protest. What we’re focused on is making sure that those 156 players who are here can play on a golf course and really in an uninterrupted way. So we’ll focus on making sure that the players can play on a fair and equitable basis, but also the golf fans that come have a safe and enjoyable experience, too.”