LANE | Lincicome hoping to make some history in PGA event
Brittany Lincicome wasn't quite sure what to do when she was first asked about playing in a PGA tour event on a sponsor's exemption. But after talking with friends and family she came around to the idea pretty quickly.
Lincicome will become just the sixth female to participate in a PGA event when she tees it up this week at the Barbasol Championship, being played for the first time at Champions at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky. She said the players have been very supportive.
"All the guys on the putting green, in the lunch room, everyone has been super supportive, which is great," said Lincicome. "They're all like, It's great that you're here. Thanks for coming. I was like, Thanks for having me."
The 32-year-old Florida native is an eight-time winner on the LPGA tour, including a pair of major titles. She'll be the first female since Michelle Wie in 2008 to venture from the LPGA to the PGA tour. She said she asked Wie about the experience but that Wie wasn't too helpful because she didn't remember much. Lincicome may also call Annika Sorenstam to get a few hints about how to handle the nerves and the extra crowds and media that will come Thursday. She hopes to do something only accomplished by Babe Didrickson Zaharias in 1945 and that's make the cut.
Lincicome goes off Thursday at 9:59 a.m. in a threesome that includes Sam Ryder and Conrad Shindler.
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