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Juli Inkster narrowly misses chance to set oldest-winner record

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Juli Inkster has been around the game of golf a long, long time. How long? She's 50 years old, she's been playing professionally since six years before Michelle Wie was born, and she's already a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

And amazingly enough, she's still playing at the highest level. This past weekend at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, Inkster put on a late charge, birdieing holes 15 to 17 to take the lead, but surrendered it to Jimin Kang with an ill-timed bogey on the 18th.

On that hole, Inkster dropped her second shot into a greenside bunker, and while she nearly holed out on her sand save, she had the misfortune of two-putting, and that was that.

"I played well all day," Inkster said afterward. "I really enjoy what I do. It's nice to be able to compete."

Compete? Heck yes. Beth Daniel is the current recordholder of the "oldest to win an LPGA event" distinction. As Hound Dog LPGA points out, Daniel was 46 years, 8 months and 29 days old when she captured the Canadian Open in 2003. Inkster has had eight chances to take down that record, including final-day leads and playoffs.

Congrats to Inkster on staying relevant and competitive this long into her career. And the way the LPGA is so unsettled right now, it's entirely possible she'll get that win before too much longer.

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