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JULI INKSTER: Though she just turned 43 last week, the defending champion still has the game and guile to compete with the younger forces on tour. She won the Corning Classic in May with a final-round 62 and won the 2002 U.S. Women's Open at Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, Kan., with a Sunday 66 to beat Annika Sorenstam by two strokes.

GRACE PARK: The fourth-year pro almost broke through with her first major victory at the LPGA Championship, only to fall to Sorenstam in a sudden-death playoff. Top-10 rankings in putting and driving distance have helped lead the way to a second-place spot on the money list, but driving accuracy (tied for 115th) must improve this week.

SE RI PAK: Were it not for you know who, the Orlando resident would be the frontrunner for player-of-the-year honors with two wins and seven top 10s in 11 starts. She made her Open debut in 1997 at Pumpkin Ridge, finishing 21st, and has finished no worse than 15th since with three top 5s and a win in 1998.

RACHEL TESKE: Arguably the hottest player on tour with wins in her past two starts, the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic and Wegman's Rochester LPGA. Before those wins she tied for third at the LPGA Championship, her best finish in a major in three years.

KARRIE WEBB: With Teske's recent streak it has become fashionable to call Webb the second-best Australian, but how long can that last? Though winless this season, Webb has bagged at least one major in each of the past four years including consecutive Open titles in 2000-01. She finished fourth at Pumpkin Ridge in 1997.

_ Compiled by John Schwarb.