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It was expected to be an interesting final day at the U.S. Women’s Open. The tournament had an even bigger stage with President Trump in attendance

He’s the first sitting president to attend the event, which took place Friday through Sunday at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

With the arrival of the president Friday afternoon, security was stepped up Saturday and Sunday. Dogs sniffed cars driven by players entering the course, and fans and reporters had to walk through airport-type security checkpoints.

Outside the course, a small procession of cars and trucks circled the course and bore signs criticizing Trump and supporting women’s rights.

Protesters have criticized the U.S. Golf Assn., which operates the tournament, for not moving it to a different venue after audio surfaced last year of Trump making derogatory comments about women.

The president’s messages Sunday marked the sixth and seventh times in three days he tweeted about the event.

Trump has spent numerous weekends visiting his properties and golf courses since taking office, raising alarms from ethics experts and critics who say he is using the presidency to bolster his properties’ profiles and enrich himself.

President Trump leaves the 72nd U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championship at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

After attending the U.S. Women’s Open at his New Jersey golf club Friday and Saturday, President Trump tweeted that he planned to be there Sunday, as well.

The message marked the fifth time in two days Trump tweeted about the event, which is being held at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

Trump has spent numerous weekends visiting his properties and golf courses since taking office, raising alarms from ethics experts and critics who say he is using the presidency to bolster his properties’ profiles and enrich himself.

President Trump acknowledges well-wishers as he arrives at the 72nd U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championship at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, N.J.

The president’s arrival at his club on Friday created such a commotion that crowds at the U.S. Women’s Open were asked to keep it down as golfers Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson and Stacy Lewis approached the 15th green.

Trump, fresh off a quick trip to France, turned up in a glassed-off patio of the clubhouse with son Eric by his side.

Acknowledging the crowds, the president waved, pointed and gave a thumbs-up, prompting squeals from a group of schoolgirls. Dozens of people swarmed around the clubhouse snapping photos and waving as the president occasionally approached the window.

Trump’s presence did pose a distraction to players. Chinese golfer Shanshan Feng said she could hear crowds screaming for the president from the 15th green.

Asked if she could tell which direction the crowds were looking, Thompson told reporters, "Not toward the golf."