3-Minute Interview: Juli Inkster

The former San Jose State star will play before Bay Area golf fans when the LPGA Tour swings through: first, the Half Moon Bay Golf Links’ Ocean Course debuts as a pro site with the elite 20-player Samsung World Championship on Oct. 2-5, then Blackhawk Country Club in Danville hosts for the second consecutive year the Longs Drug Challenge on Oct. 9-11.

What do you think of the popularity of the LPGA right now with all of the young players? It’s cool to play golf. They dress hip, they’re funny, they’re cool, they’re girly-girly on the outside, but inside, they’re very competitive.

What are your thoughts on Michelle Wie continuing to try to play on the men’s tour? I think she’s just got to decide one way or another what she’s doing. I think it would be great for our tour if she came out and played full time. She’s a phenomenal talent and would be great for our tour.

You are 48 and have 31 LPGA titles, including seven majors. How long will you keep playing? I’ll probably play to the end of this year, maybe next year. I haven’t really decided. Probably one more year at the most.

The final two rounds of the Samsung are on NBC, a rare network appearance for the LPGA. How important is network TV for the tour? It’s important. The more we get, the more the viewers get to know us and can relate to us and everything goes on from there. We put on a good show.

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