Bienvenue! My name is Jamie and I like golf. I grew up playing tennis in eastern Massachusetts, but fell in love with the game after watching Se Ri Pak defeat Jenny Chausiriporn at the 1998 U.S. Womens Open. I studied Hospitality & Tourism Management (with a focus on Event, Tourism, and Convention Management) at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Tennis is my first love, but golf is a very close second. I believe style should equal substance, and the latter is nothing without the former.
Jay Busbee wrote a piece over at Devil Ball Golf, raving about Juli Inkster’s solid start at the Samsung World Championship. Juli has struggled thus far this season, with only one top 10 finish a tie for 10th a couple weeks ago at the CN Canadian Women’s Open.
Juli stated at the Solheim Cup that this year’s edition was to be her last and she would not be pulling any “Brett Favre” situation on the LPGA tour. With Inkster’s career winding down it is certainly great to see her put in some solid rounds and contend, especially this week against a seriously strong field.
With that said, I don’t know when the media decided to put Inkster’s career on life support. Yes, Juli is probably past her prime but she is certainly still solid enough to contend on the tour still, even at 48. Inkster is too good, and too solid to not be expected to be a factor in 2009. She’s only just outside the top 50 of the money list, but as we’ve seen from players like M.J. Hur and Eunjung Yi, it’s simply about putting 3-4 solid rounds together, regardless of where you are coming into the event.
Inkster’s last win was in 2006, which honestly isn’t that long ago. She’s had runner up finishes in 07 and 08, finishing 18th and 38th on the money list in those years. As much as I love the angle of Inkster adding to the Tom Watson, older golfer saga of 2009, Inkster is far from irrelevant on the LPGA. The tour is far too deep to ever count any player in the top 80 out, especially one that is a hall of famer. She’s not the Juli Inkster contending every week, but she can still contend out here, that should be no surprise.
So, let’s root for the steely veteran this weekend, while keeping in mind this is not her playing a miraculous week of golf. This is Juli being Juli, a continual player to watch on the LPGA tour, even if she’s in the floater role these days.