Juli Inkster, the United States Solheim Cup captain, at a tournament in May in Texas, where she tied for seventh, finishing better than five members of the U.S. team. Credit Tom Pennington/Getty Images
Members of the United States Solheim Cup team don’t hold back when asked how they feel about playing for their captain, Juli Inkster. They call her a role model and describe how competitive she is. They know from personal experience how she hates to lose.
They will also admit how they have been bettered by Inkster, who at 55 still plays some L.P.G.A. tournaments even though she is old enough to be the mother of many of the young pros. (She in fact has two 20-something daughters.)
At the Evian Championship in France last week, Inkster tied for 38th, beating two members of the U.S. team and five members of the European team. Four Americans and three European team members missed the cut at Evian.
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