NAPLES, Fla. – Last year, the top three female golfers in the world at one point were under 21 years old. Stories were dominated by “youngest to” and “first to” hooks about players old enough to make millions, but too young to sip a glass of champagne.
While the LPGA is still a youth-filled circuit, 2017 offered more than a few wins for the aged. And while 30 is by no means “old,” it is a milestone age on a tour that had only one over-30 winner in 2016 – U.S. Women’s Open champ Brittany Lang.
This season, the over-30 set won seven titles on the LPGA, with 40-year-old Cristie Kerr winning twice.
“Kerr is like my inspiration,” said Brittany Lincicome. “Juli Inkster, I swear to God she’s in contention every time she tees it up.”
Lincicome, 32, began the 2017 season with a victory at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. She’s one of a dozen different players over 30 who have won on the LPGA in the past five years. At this week’s CME Group Tour Championship, all eyes are currently on Sung Hyun Park, the 24-year-old who has a chance to become the first player since Nancy Lopez in 1978 to sweep both the LPGA Rookie of the Year and Player of…