It’s been a while since 61st ranked Brittany Lincicome has gone into Sunday with the lead, but she’s teeing off this Sunday at the Wegman’s LPGA Championship at 10 strokes under par and a 1 stroke lead over two of the Tour’s strongest competitors, Inbee Park and Suzann Pettersen. BamBam, who’s no stranger to the long drive herself, is also no stranger to the Sunday showdown. She’s a five-time Tour winner including the 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship, but she’s been winless since her 2011 victory at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. In several respects, Lincicome is much like Bubba Watson. Her swing’s intuitive rather than studied. It’s been several years since she worked with a coach, and she plays golf to support her fishing addiction! (In temperament, Lincicome is not at all like Bubba. She doesn’t blame her caddie for missed shots, she doesn’t drop the F-bomb on camera, and she doesn’t pout)
Lincicome’s carded two solid rounds, 67 on Thursday and 68 on Friday, a day that included a very impressive eagle on the par-5 14th hole. Then she cooled down and carded a so-so 71 on Saturday. Through it all she’s remained consistently strong and accurate off the tee, although she struggled Saturday with sone errant second shots into the Monroe Golf Club rough and was a bit less accurate with her flat stick.
How does Lincicome, who’s been at or near the top of the board throughout the LPGA Championship, plan to manage Sunday?
I’m just going to play it the same way I’ve been playing it, just fairways and greens and take the birdies when I can and hopefully nobody shoots 65 tomorrow, which I’m sure somebody will. Hopefully, it’s me though.
Lincicome, who’s represented the United States four times at the Solheim Cup, has been playing a relatively undistinguished 2014 season, but Sunday could be her day to claim a 2nd Major victory, if she can hold off the inevitable charges by Park and Pettersen.
Lincicome will play with Pettersen in the final group on Sunday. They tee off at 3:05pm ET, five minutes after Golf Channel begins coverage of the Sunday round. I’ll be watching these two big bombers battle it out for the win at the 60th and final edition of the LPGA Championship.
Here’s a closer look at the person with the powerful grip and the mighty drive: