Trump Reportedly Threatened to Sue if U.S. Women’s Open Was Moved From His Golf Course

This week, Trump National Golf Club Bedminster — President Donald Trump‘s New Jersey club — will host the U.S. Women’s Open, the most prestigious tournament in women’s golf. A new report claims that the privilege didn’t come without the threat of litigation.

According to USA Today, Trump threatened to sue the United States Golf Association (USGA) shortly after he began his Presidential campaign in 2015 if the organization decided to move the tournament from Trump’s course. USGA executive director Mike Davis reportedly told the organization’s executive committee members that moving was not an option, because of the threat.

“We can’t get out of this,” Davis reportedly said. “He’s going to sue us.

Davis would not confirm USA TODAY‘s account when they asked for comment.

“It would be inappropriate if I said that it happened or that it didn’t,” Davis said.

Trump National Bedminster was awarded the U.S. Women’s Open in 2012. Three Democratic Senators called for the tournament to be moved in 2016 following the release of the Access Hollywood tape. But the USGA did not acquiesce, and the tournament is slated to begin Thursday in Bedminster.

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