At 53 years-old, LPGA Hall of Famer, Juli Inkster has said this will be her final appearance at a US Women’s Open championship, so I thought it would be fun to play around with some numbers. Inkster fired a tournament low round on Saturday when she carded a 4-under par 66 on the famed Donald Ross Pinehurst Number Two.
After two rounds in the 2014 US Women’s Open, Juli Inkster was six over par, and with the low round on Saturday, moved into a tie for second place, four strokes off of the pace set by Michelle Wie, and South Korean, Amy Yang.
Both Yang, and Wie are 24 years old, and with their combined age would still be five years younger than Inkster, who turns 54 next week. In 1989 when both of the leaders were born, Inkster won her third of seven majors at the Nabisco Dinah Shore.
Juli Inkster’s last LPGA win came at The Safeway International in 2006.
“It’s great. I’m going to be right in the mix,” Inkster said. “Let’s just say I’m in a lot better shape today than I was yesterday. I knew I had to come out here, if I wanted to do anything, and have a good round and I was able to put it together today. So who knows tomorrow. I’m just going to enjoy it. It’s a great golf course, so enjoy the walk.”
In case you’re wondering if anyone this old has ever won a major championship on the LPGA Tour, the answer is no. The oldest player to win a major was Fay Crocker in 1960. At 45 years, 7 months and 11 days, Crocker won the Titleholders Championship.
Jack Nicklaus remains the oldest golfer to win a major championship when he won the 1986 Masters at age 46.
In fact, the oldest player to win an LPGA tournament was Beth Daniel, who won the 2003 BMO Financial Group Canadian Open at age 46 years, 8 months and 29 days.
Only once in the past five years has an American won this event. Wouldn’t it be great to have a 53 year-old Hall of Famer break all kinds of record today, and make some new history for the LPGA, and professional golf?
I would like to see Michelle Wie win her first major, but at 24 years-old, she will have more opportunities, the sand has run out of the hourglass for Juli Inkster. Let’s see some history today!