Why Lincicome was the highlight of the Barbasol Championship

The American missed the cut in the men’s event, but she was still a total joy to watch

Brittany Lincicome became the sixth woman to start in a PGA event at the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky.

Known as Bam Bam because of her ludicrously long drives, the top moment of her second round when she holed out for a spectacular eagle from 110 yards on the 17th.

Despite getting three birdies in a row at one point, she finished her second round 1-under 71.  With a five-over par, 36 hole total of 149, she unfortunately missed the cut by nine shots.

Crowds followed the LPGA player as she navigated the course at Keene Trace.

The two-time major winner greeted every fan with her trademark beaming smile, and took her time signing autographs and posing for photos.

“The fans were incredible.” Lincicome said. “It was so great feeding off their energy. They were cheering for me every time I hit a shot, every time I got it in the fairway, got it on the green. They were really behind me and I could really feel that out there. It made me feel way more comfortable.”

The only woman to ever make the cut in a PGA event was Babe Zaharias in 1945.

The last woman to compete on the men’s tour was Michelle Wie in 2008, while Annika Sorenstam was the first woman to compete with the men in 51 years when she make her appearance in 2003.

Speaking to Lady Golfer in June, Lincicome said:

“It has always been in the way far back of my mind to try this. Annika doing it made sense as she was at the top of the game, for me to try it I didn’t think it would be possible.

“It took me a couple of days to say yes, some guys will miss the cut so if I do that’s not such a big deal and I might learn something from them. I’m not trying to compare myself with the guys, I just want to go out there and have a good time. I just want to have some fun with it.”

Although Lincicome missed out on becoming the second woman to make the cut, she is keen to give it another go.

She said: “Never say never. Obviously this was an awesome experience, and I can’t thank Tom and Barbasol enough for giving me this opportunity. I just feel super blessed.”

Her positive and brilliant performance will without a doubt inspire many other players, whether they are young or old, male or female.

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