Inkster Still Rolling Along Nicely

By Lpga Tour MediaMay 25, 2004, 4:00 pm
04 LPGA Corning ClassicCORNING, N.Y. ' A lot of things in life'wine, muscle cars and Roth IRAs'get better with age. Professional athletes? Not necessarily.
Thats what makes LPGA Corning Classic defending champion Juli Inkster so special. In a time when the next big thing is usually the next youngest thing, Inkster, a 43-year-old mother of two, is still around to prove everybody wrong.
Half of her 30 career LPGA wins have come after the age of 37, and she has won at least one tournament every year since 1997. She is a seven-time major champion and member of the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame.
Juli Inkster defends two tournament titles this year, with the first being this week at the $1 million LPGA Corning Classic. The event is in its 26th year, and defending tournaments is something that Inkster does pretty well. She has posted repeat wins on five different occasions, with the most recent being in 1999 and 2000 when she won the Longs Drugs Challenge and the McDonalds LPGA Championship in consecutive years.
Inkster is going to have plenty of competition this week at the tightly designed and hilly Corning Country Club course, as the worlds best have descended on upstate New York. The field features 2004 tournament winners Cristie Kerr, Lorena Ochoa, Jennifer Rosales, Sherri Steinhauer and Annika Sorenstam, who is a member of the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame.
Other members of that elusive club competing this week are Beth Daniel and Betsy King. Sorenstam, who has won two of the five LPGA events she has competed in this year, is making her first trip to the LPGA Corning Classic since 1995 and only her third overall. In 1994, she tied for 21st at the event and a year later tied for seventh.
Ochoa, the 2003 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year, comes to Corning on a high note. She won her first-career LPGA title two weeks ago at the Franklin American Mortgage Championship benefitting Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital.
Like Ochoa, Rosales recently became a Rolex First-Time Winner. The stylish 25-year-old carded a final-round 65 at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez to come from four strokes back and earn her first LPGA win.
To claim her second-career win at the LPGA Takefuji Classic, Kerr had to work overtime in cold and rainy conditions. She battled rookie Seol-An Jeon in a playoff before securing the win with a par on the seventh extra hole.
And last weeks winner, Sherri Steinhauer, comes to Corning Country Club with after recording career win number six at the Sybase Classic Presented by Lincoln Mercury. Steinhauer has competed in 11 LPGA Corning Classic events, with her best finish coming in 1998, where she tied for 5th.
Last year, Inkster ran away from the LPGA Corning Classic field with a final-round, 10-under-par 62. In the process, she tied the LPGA record set by fellow LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame members Mickey Wright (1964 Tall City Open) and Kathy Whitworth (1968 Holiday Inn Classic) for the lowest final round by a winner in LPGA history. She finished the 72- hole event with a tournament record 264 (-24), and was four shots clear of second-place Lorie Kane.
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  • Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

    By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

    Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

    Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

    What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

    Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

    Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

    Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

    Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

    Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

    The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

    Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

    Lexi Thompson:

    Baking time!!

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    David Feherty:

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    Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

    By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

    Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.