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Trump watches US Women's Open from enclosed area

© AFP | US President Donald Trump waves to well wishers as he arrives at the 72nd US Women's Open Golf Championship at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey, July 15, 2017

BEDMINSTER (UNITED STATES) (AFP) - 

US President Donald Trump watched Saturday's third round of the US Women's Open tournament from a glass-enclosed viewing area at the 15th hole of his Trump National golf resort.

Trump, wearing a white shirt and no tie with a red "Make America Great Again" hat, exchanged greetings with many of the thousands of spectators as he looked out over the par-5 hole on a sunny day in Bedminster, New Jersey, southwest of New York.

The tournament, the richest event in women's golf, is the third major championship of the LPGA season with later majors in the year in Britain and France.

Activists angered by Trump's controversial comments about women during his presidential campaign had urged the US Golf Association to move the tournament, which had been awarded to the Trump property years before his presidential bid.

Among the guests of Trump in his secured viewing area was LPGA veteran Suzann Pettersen of Norway, whom Trump kissed on both cheeks when they greeted each other.

The two-time major champion Pettersen, who accepted a blue cap from Trump, fired a two-over par 74 earlier Saturday.

Trump, who arrived at about the same time the leaders teed off on the opening hole, waved to spectators and thanked those who cheered him. He also applauded players for good shotmaking.

© 2017 AFP