PINEHURST, N.C. – Juli Inkster will be trying to make the most of this week’s U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
That’s because this may well be the 53-year-old’s last.
“This is probably my last one,” Inkster said.
Inkster will be teeing it up in her 35th U.S. Women’s Open, extending her record for most starts in the championship. Inkster passed Marlene Hagge (33) when she played in last year’s U.S. Women’s Open at Sebonack.
Inkster is a two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion, claiming the title at Old Waverly in 1999 and at Prairie Dunes in ‘02. Inkster has eased back her schedule this year, making just eight starts prior to Pinehurst. She is doing some TV work as a course reporter for Golf Channel at LPGA events, and she is captain of the 2015 American Solheim Cup team.
“I'm not playing much,” Inkster said. “I think I'm only going to play a couple more this year. And next year I'll probably just play like six tournaments.”
You never know with Inkster, though. She thought the 2009 Solheim Cup at Rich Harvest Farms would be her last. She said as much, but she made the team again in 2011.