Brittany Lincicome, the sixth woman ever to compete on the PGA Tour, fired a one-under 71 on Saturday in the second round of the Barbasol Championship in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Though she missed the cut, Lincicome played some terrific golf, making five birdies and an eagle in the round.
Lincicome made an eagle an the par-five 17th
After an opening-round 78, Lincicome played really well in the weather-delayed second round Saturday. After bogeying holes four and five, Lincicome came right back with three straight birdies on six, seven and eight. After a par on nine, she made it four birdies in five holes with a three on the par-four 10th. She then bogeyed 11, birdied 14 and bogeyed 15 and 16.
Then the highlight of the round — and perhaps one of the highlights of her career — came when she made eagle on 17 with a 116-yard hole-out and celebrated with both fists raised. She bogeyed 18 to finish with a 71. She missed the cut, but certainly provided many very memorable moments.
Really cool moment here at the @BarbasolChampKY! The only female in the tournament, Brittany Lincicome, taking the time to sign autographs and take pictures with young girls. #18Barbasol pic.twitter.com/pehvDSVNrM
— Tiffany Jackson (@TiffanyLEX18) July 19, 2018
Bubba Watson was impressed
Watson, who missed the cut at the British Open, was impressed with Lincicome’s round:
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) July 21, 2018
He wasn’t the only one:
Kind of odd no one seems to be talking about Brittany Lincicome playing in a PGA Tour event this week. Feels like a big deal
— max homa (@maxhoma23) July 16, 2018
— Josh Teater (@jteater12) July 21, 2018
— Arron Oberholser (@ArronOberholser) July 21, 2018
Lincicome has eight LPGA Tour victories
Lincicome, 32, has won eight times on the LPGA Tour and has 57 career top-10 finishes. She accepted a sponsor’s exemption to the Barbasol Championship, and by playing, she became the first woman to play in a PGA event since Michelle Wie in 2008. Babe Didrikson in 1945 remains the only woman to make a cut in a PGA Tour event.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 19, 2018
Writing for The Players’ Tribune earlier this week, Lincicome expressed she hopes her appearance leads to future opportunities for young female golfers.
No matter how I play, I know the highlight of this experience for me is going to be the chance to meet and connect with all of the young girls who will be in the crowd during this tournament.
I want take photos with them and sign autographs and do everything I can to help inspire those girls to develop a love for the game. And if everything goes well, maybe by the time those girls are my age, there will be lots more opportunities for PGA and LPGA pros to compete and play against each other.
Because it really does seem like we’re missing out on something by keeping things so separate. And I can’t speak for the PGA guys, but I know the LPGA players would be all in for creating more opportunities like that.
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