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She downplayed a suggestion that being in the mix for the title on Sunday would be a fitting final chapter for her at U.S. Women’s Open.

The 53-year-old made the cut in her first Women’s Open in 1978, when she was 18, and won it in 1999 and 2002. She has said this would “probably” be her last one.

“I don’t think it’s important. … I’m OK with the decision,” Inkster said. “I like this golf course, because I think it weeds a lot of players out. … I don’t know if anybody can catch (Stacy Lewis, who shot a 67). But I feel like I can have a good tournament.”


DIFFERENT SETUP, SAME DIFFICULTY: Pinehurst No. 2 was tough on the men last week and now it’s being tough on the women.

Only five of the players who finished their round Thursday were under par. Play was halted because of severe weather with 30 players still on the course.

The course was set up at 6,296 yards for the first round - a little over 1,000 yards shorter than it was for the men.

The greens are the same speed as last week, though they received extra water in an effort to soften them, because the women aren’t strong enough to hit the ball as high or with as much speed as the men.

Two-time Women’s Open winner Karrie Webb called it “a hard course to play too aggressive.”

“I think it was hard to get to some of the pins, but I think for the most part the pins were set where, if you hit good shots, you could still get it close,” Webb said. “If you over cook a shot and miss it on the short side, it’s not staying on the green. … You’re happy if you hit it to the center of the green pin-high and have a 20-footer most of the time.”


ACED: Giulia Sergas did something none of the men could do last week: She had a hole-in-one on the 15th.

The hole played at 164 yards Thursday, with the pin placed in the back left part of the green. That hole played at 208 yards last week for the U.S. Open.

Sergas’ ace was the 21st in Women’s Open history.

The only hole-in-one last week belonged to Zach Johnson, who aced the ninth.

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