Juli Inkster is the first American to be Solheim Cup captain three times. Now she’d like the distinction of being the first American captain with three victories.
“Right now, we have a good thing going,” Inkster said.
She was announced recently as U.S. captain for the 2019 matches in Scotland, where the Americans will try to match the longest winning streak in a Solheim Cup they have largely dominated since it began in 1990.
Kathy Whitworth (1990, 1992), Judy Rankin (1996, 1998) and Patty Sheehan (2002, 2003) previously were captains two consecutive times. Rankin’s teams never lost.
Inkster was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000, two years before winning her seventh major. She was part of the selection committee that last month discussed who should be the next captain. That’s when her name arose as a possibility.
“I really didn’t even think I had a chance of being captain,” she said. “And when we jumped on the call, a couple of them thought I should be the captain again. And then they started talking about me when I’m on the call and I thought, ‘This is kind of awkward.”
She put in her thoughts and signed off the call, asking the committee to let her know when she should return to the discussions. The next call came from LPGA commissioner Mike Whan, who told her she was the choice for captain.