Juli Inkster made the cut in her first U.S. Women's Open when she was an 18-year-old amateur at San Jose State. She finished 10 shots behind Hollis Stacy. That was in 1978.

Inkster is playing the Women's Open for the 35th time this week at Pinehurst No. 2, and the 53-year-old from the Bay Area said Wednesday it probably will be her last. Probably.

"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, too. This is probably my last one."

A moment of sadness? Not quite.

"Shoot, I've played in 35 of these, so that's pretty impressive," Inkster said, a two-time Open champion and Hall of Fame member. "I love where I am right now. ... I've got a lot of new stuff, Solheim stuff, and doing a little TV commentating. I'm still going to be out here and be busy. But I'm definitely not going to play as much."

Inkster hasn't won in nearly eight years and last made the cut in the Women's Open in 2009. She qualified this year at No. 69 on the LPGA Tour money list from last season. The top 70 are exempt from qualifying.

She won her first Women's Open at Old Waverly in 1999 and again at Prairie Dunes in 2002.


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The Women's Open starts Thursday in golf's version of a doubleheader. Just four days after Martin Kaymer won the U.S. Open with the second-lowest score in history (271), it's the women's turn at Pinehurst No. 1.

The Donald Ross-designed course will play at 6,649 yards for the women -- just over 900 yards shorter than for the men.

Redwood Shores' Lucy Li, just 11, has been the biggest attraction this week as the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women's Open history.

"The perfect week? I just want to go out there and have fun and play the best I can," said Li, who has a 4:07 a.m. (PDT) tee time with playing partners Catherine O'Donnell and Jessica Wallace. "And I really don't care about the outcome."

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