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Inkster: Contending in final Open would be gravy

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PINEHURST, N.C. – Juli Inkster says she doesn’t need to contend for the title to make her last U.S. Women’s Open memorable, but ...

“It would be nice, but I don't think it's important,” Inkster said after opening Thursday with a 1-over-par 71. “I'm OK with the decision. I like this golf course, because I think it weeds a lot of players out. This is my type of golf course.

“I feel like I can have a good tournament.”

Inkster, 53, is playing the U.S. Women’s Open for a record 35th time. She’s a two-time U.S. Women’s Open winner.