Juli Inkster will turn 50 in the opening round of the LPGA Championship in two weeks.
If she keeps this up, remarkably, she’ll also be a favorite to win her eighth major.
With a 7-under-par 65 Thursday that included six consecutive birdies, Inkster is tied for second a shot behind Shanshan Feng after the first round of the LPGA State Farm Classic.
If Inkster were to win, she would surpass Beth Daniel’s record as the oldest winner of an LPGA event. Daniel was 46 years, 8 months and 29 days old when she won the Canadian Women’s Open in 2003.
Inkster played with Morgan Pressel and Natalie Gulbis on Thursday. Sincere apologies to Inkster for doing the math, but she’s as old as Pressel (22) and Gulbis (27) combined.
Inkster won her first LPGA event the year Gulbis was born. She had nine victories when Pressel was born in May of 1988.
Inkster was asked after her round how she like playing with Gulbis and Pressel.
“I ironed my clothes before I come out, that's for sure,' Inkster said. 'I make sure I'm pretty. (Laughter.) No, I really enjoy playing with them. You know, played Solheim Cup teams with them. I get along great with them, so I was very pleased with my pairing.”
It would be notable if Inkster ended the U.S. drought with the first victory by an American in an official LPGA event this year.