The United States Golf Association awarded its flagship women’s event to Trump’s Bedminster course in 2012, when his reputation as an opportunistic outsider came from supporting golf when the economy was cratering and other benefactors were bailing.
“He was such a huge fan of the L.P.G.A. and of golf in general,” said Gulbis, who has known Trump since she qualified for her first ADT Championship in 2005.
Throughout the years, she said, he has counseled her to fight for the same pay as PGA Tour members for public appearances or sponsorships.
“These were constant conversations that I saw him have not just with me, but with lots of…