US Women's Open: China's Feng up by a shot after 1st round

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.

Protests were expected outside the facility after a group from nearby Philadelphia staged a demonstration at the year's first US LPGA event in Arizona.

There were no demonstrators.

"I should be able to perform well in any condition because I'm a professional". It is the first time Feng has broken 70 in an Open.

That was good enough for a two-stroke lead over South Korea's Lee Jeong Eun6, Amy Yang and Choi Hye Jin, who all shared second on 138.

Henderson, a Canadian, didn't seem to mind. Amateur Maddie Szeryk of London, Ont., is even while Hamilton's Alena Sharp opened with a 4-over 76.

American Stacy Lewis was asked if she was aware of Trump's presence during her round.

He is headed to the U.S. Women's Open and expects to arrive sometime Friday afternoon. She was tied with Feng at 8 under after 15 holes, but bogeyed two of her next three holes to fall back. "I'm just going to be myself". If Trump got out, and I called out to him, he'd have recognized me - and knowing him, he'd quite possibly throw me a bone for a few questions.

The most colorful response came from Danielle Kang, who shared a memory from 2009, when she played the course as a junior golfer. He mentioned on Twitter Friday morning that he would be traveling to New Jersey to attend the US Women's Open.

"There's something inherently shocking in forcing women golfers to play on a course owned by Trump, who has made such sexist comments", she said.

Feng was the hottest player on the tour at the end of a year ago, winning her last two starts and finishing eighth or better in her final seven events. New Zealander Ko slipped from six under with two late bogeys for her 68. The women who hadn't finished their round got back on the course at 6:34 p.m. ET to resume play before it was suspended due to darkness. Choi was the medalist in the qualifying site in Korea in June and has won a KLPGA event earlier this year.

"I definitely would have liked to have a shorter birdie opportunity with such a short chip shot, but to make the birdie there, it really got my round going and gave me a lot of confidence through a lot of tough holes on my back nine", she said. "My ball striking has been pretty good but I was kind of struggling about my putting". USGA executive director Mike Davis told the newspaper it would be "inappropriate if I said that it happened or didn't". "By showing up, Trump elevated the profile of the women, whose attendance and television audience have not grown as fast as their talent pool, which is so deep that the first 18 events of the 2017 L.P.G.A. Tour season produced 17 different winners".

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

Michelle Wie had a 73.

Second-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn shot 79, and seventh-ranked, two-time Open champion Inbee Park had a 77.

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