Q. What does this say about women's golf with Annika playing Colonial this week and you playing so well?
JULI INKSTER: Well, I beat Annika by 29, so that feels pretty good (laughter). I can't say that very often. She usually beats me by 29. You know, I think we've got a great Tour out here and I think we have got a lot of great players that sometimes don't get noticed.
Annika won 13 times last year and it was just a blip. I mean, to do that is unbelievable, and it really takes for her to play in a PGA event to get the recognition that she deserves. Two days of recognition that she deserves, when last year she won 13 times and I don't think got the recognition she deserved. So everything she's done, she should get credit for because she works very hard on her game. She doesn't -- she's not complacent with where she's at in her game. She's always "good shot", "nice putt", "congratulations." You know, I think she does a lot for us.
Q. I know that some people were nervous about her playing Colonial. What do you think about that and how it will affect the Tour in the future?
JULI INKSTER: I really think that she gained a lot of respect from a lot of people, not just the PGA players. I'm talking about people that don't know golf, that don't know women's golf. You know, people that still think we hit it 210 off the tee and we just scrape it around. I think she gained a lot of respect outside. When you have someone like Charles Barkley or Kenny Smith, TNT, talking about Annika Sorenstam, and just the people that usually don't talk women's golf, talking golf, it's good for us.
The way she played on Thursday was awesome. And I think she played well on Friday. She just kind of struggled a little bit with her putter. But to have all that pressure for two days, I'm surprised she played as well as she did.
Q. With the Commissioner sending letters this year, maybe Annika will get one next year. How would you like to defend against her next year?
JULI INKSTER: I would love to. I like to play against the best, and she's the best. So bring it on.
Q. Can you talk about the competitive nature with you, Meg and Beth going into today?
JULI INKSTER: Well, I mean, Megan and Beth are very good friends of mine. We've played on a lot of Solheim Cups together. I played with Meg yesterday, who is easy to play with. It's like playing a practice round with her. I played a couple of times with her in the Solheim Cup. We've been partners. And then Beth the same way. I feel very comfortable with Beth. And Beth was shaking her head all day today. Beth played great today. If I could have putted for her, she would have won the tournament. She had a lot of good putts that didn't go in. She could be standing here right now.
Q. Does it help you relax more and focus in more easily?
JULI INKSTER: We talk a lot of non-golf issues out there. So I mean, it's very relaxing and very easy going.
Q. What role did your caddie, Greg Johnston, play for you this week?
JULI INKSTER: Well, I mean, he's always there. I mean he's always, you know, trying to be positive, telling me what the yardage is. We discuss clubs together. It's a team out there. We've got to work as a team in order to win this thing. He's a big part of it.
Q. How'd you wind up with a caddie from Sara, Pa.?
JULI INKSTER: It's a long story. Do you want to get into it? Ralph Scarinzi was working for me before, and when I got pregnant with my second child, Cory, Dottie Pepper was looking for a bag, for someone to carry her bag, and I said, "Why don't you use Ralph." And they started playing really well together, so I didn't have the heart to say come on back. They were doing well. I knew Greg previously. He went home. He wasn't caddying anymore, and I called him and I said, "Would you come out and work for me?" And he did. And we've been together ever since.
Q. Can you give your version of the trash-talking you and Lorie Kane did last night on the putting green?
JULI INKSTER: It was just as she said it. She had a 6-footer and I was walking off the thing. I said, this is your 6-footer for second place. You better make it.
Q. Do you like to play with the lead too?
JULI INKSTER: It's nerve racking, and that's the way I play. I love to be in the limelight. And sometimes it doesn't work out and you take your lumps and move on. I felt pretty comfortable coming from behind. It's a lot easier to come from behind than it is to hang on to the lead.
Q. What other options were you thinking about on 15?
JULI INKSTER: Greg wanted me to chip out. I wasn't chipping out. I can't believe that ball didn't hook more than it should have. When I first hit it, I thought it was a good shot, then I see it going to the right side of the tree and then the left side of the tree and I thought oh my God.
I left my third shot -- I didn't think I could actually hit it on the green from there and keep it on. I left my third shot right where I wanted to, short, and I didn't hit a very good chip. It was a pretty easy chip. And I ended up making the putt for bogey. That was a pretty big swing.
Q. On 16, you had trouble and Lorie was making pars. What were you thinking on 17 from the bunker?
JULI INKSTER: Well, I mean, I didn't hit a bad shot -- it just didn't draw. Usually my shots draw off the tee and it just stayed there.
Q. Did it cross your mind at all that she could be within one going into 18?
JULI INKSTER: Not really, because I just felt it wasn't that hard of a shot. I felt like I could make par. She would have to birdie the last two to tie me. I was just kind of -- the only shot I had was going right at the pin, too. I didn't want to go left. I didn't want to go right. I just thought hit it and make sure you hit it more than 95 yards, and that was to carry the bunker and get it on the green, and I had a great shot there and then I hit a good putt. I was just cruising. Everything, I just had it all in control. And then I hit a bad 6-iron on 14. I didn't know where that came from.
Q. When did you know you had the lead?
JULI INKSTER: Well, I knew I had the lead, because we had a delay on the 13th tee, and I saw Catriona and Lorie's scoreboard that they were 19 and 18, or 18 and 19, or something like that, so I knew I had the lead. But that's the last time I really saw the leaderboard.
Q. What happens to you at that moment?
JULI INKSTER: Momentum, yes. It's weird. You feel it shifting. You try to slow everything down, slow the whole process down, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I definitely feel like I had the momentum going and I made one weird swing on 14 and then -- I didn't hit that bad of a shot on 15. I just flew it farther than I've ever flown a wedge before. Really, 16 was a bad swing. Other than that I felt like I hit some good shots.
Q. Did you feel like you had the momentum shifting your way?
JULI INKSTER: I birdied 2. I made a good birdie on 3. I hit a 5-iron in there to about 10 feet, made a good birdie there. Then on stuffed it on 4. Made about a 3-footer for birdie there. And that's what I kind of felt like I've got some stuff going.
Q. Are you playing next week?
JULI INKSTER: I am playing next week, yes.
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