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USGA awards 2017 Women's Open to Trump NJ course

Associated Press Modified: May 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm •  Published: May 2, 2012

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump finally has a major in golf.

The 65-year-old real estate mogul, TV personality and casino owner is going to be the host for the U.S. Women's Open in 2017.

The executive director of the USGA told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Wednesday that Trump National in Bedminster, N.J., has been chosen as the site for the biggest event in women's golf that year.

"We are going to a wonderful facility that we think can host a great United States Women's Open Championship," USGA boss Mike Davis said. "That would be the standard answer for any national championship but we think Trump National is a fabulous facility that has two golf courses. And either course is good enough inside the rope as a test of golf."

The USGA has not decided whether to play the tournament on the Tom Fazio-designed old course or new course, but the old is the front runner, Davis said.

Trump National, which is located roughly 45 minutes from New York City, was the site of the 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur and Girls Junior championships.

"For all that comes with Donald as a business icon and media personality, he couldn't have been a more gracious host," Davis said. "He made sure the players, the spectators and championship golf were the stars."

This will be the first U.S. Women's Open in New Jersey since 1987, when Laura Davies won a rain-plagued event that ended on a Tuesday.

This event will be in the USGA's backyard. It's offices are located in Far Hills, roughly a 10-minute drive from Trump National.

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