Brittany Lincicome play four spectacular rounds of golf at the Monroe Golf Club and for most of Saturday and Sunday I believed she had the grande finale Wegman’s LPGA Championship in the bag. But in the end, it came down to a putt, as is often the case in golf competitions, and then a playoff with Inbee Park. On the 73rd hole Lincicome’s putt slid past the cup and Park’s dropped. Inbee Park notched her 5th major LPGA victory and Brittany Lincicome released tears of disappointment.
Lincicome’s a pro. Runner-up at a Major is no small accomplishment and by the time she met with the media for her post-round interview Lincicome had recovered her composure and her optimism:
Averaging 269 yards, Lincicome is the third longest off-the-tee ball striker on the Tour (Lexi Thompson’s averaging 271 yards and Gerina Piller’s averaging 271 for the year). This week she hit 80% of the fairways, getting close to Mo Martin’s 86% rate, and she hit 75% of the greens in regulation. World ranked number 1 Stacy Lewis is averaging 77% GIR. Lincicome fired 18 birdies and an eagle. In the end, her nerves defeated her.
Inbee Park is simply an extraordinary clutch player and her new putter, an exact replica of So Yeon Ryu’s, served her well. Lincicome used 116 putts during the LPGA Championship, 31 of them in Sunday’s round. Park used 115 putts, 30 of them on Sunday. That one putt was worth $129,709!
Brittany Lincicome remembered that she has an A+ game in her bag. I hope she’ll pull it out and put it to work again. She’ll have another chance next week at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in London, Ontario. And Lydia Ko, who finished in solo 3rd place at the LPGA Championship, will attempt to collect her 3rd back-to-back win at the Canadian Open before the Tour goes to France for the 4th and final major of the year, the Evian Championship.
There’s still much golf to be played!