Inkster, 51, maintains share of lead in Mexico

The ball spun around the cup on the year-old Juli Inkster to pump her fist in excitement.

Inkster, already a Hall of Famer with 31 career LPGA Tour wins, polished off a three-under 69 on Friday to maintain a share of the lead at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

A seven-time major champion, Inkster hasn't been the 36-hole leader at any event since 2007 and hasn't won since 2006. At over 51 years and four months old, Inkster is nearly five years older than Beth Daniel was when Daniel became the oldest winner in tour history in 2003.

Inkster's 69 on Friday put her at eight-under 136, maintaining the clubhouse pace set by Anna Nordqvist, whose sensational seven-under 65 vaulted her up the leaderboard.

Nordqvist is a two-time winner on tour, with both victories coming in 2009.

Suzann Pettersen (70), who shared the lead with Inkster after the first round, now shares third with Catriona Matthew (68) and Meena Lee (69) at seven-under.

Defending champion I.K. Kim (67) is sixth at minus-five.