Prior to Thursday, five women had played in PGA Tour events: Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie (who did it eight times). But none of them were as calm and joyful as Brittany Lincicome, who will become the sixth at 9:59 a.m. on Thursday when she tees off in the Barbasol Championship with Sam Ryder and Conrad Shindler.
Through a huge smile, Lincicome played one practice round and a pro-am at the 7,300-yard Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky. In between she attended a pro-am party at Kentucky Castle with fellow LPGA player (and Kentucky native) Emma Talley, who also played in the pro-am. Lincicome signed autographs, gave interviews and was a genuine inspiration to all who saw her.
“If I can inspire one child to pick up the game of golf and want to play, I feel like my job as a pro has succeeded,” Lincicome said. “To influence any child is pretty cool so any time I see kids I always try to give them a ball or a glove or make sure I sign their autograph. That might be the one autograph that will bring them back next time. That’s a pretty cool feeling.”
That’s typical Lincicome, chatty and carefree, with the right perspective on every aspect of this week. She has no expectations, although she did say, “If I drive it well it will make for an easier day. Driver is my favorite club so I don’t foresee that being a problem unless I try to overhit it, which is very possible.
“But, yeah, it’s golf. You can have like the worst days but you scrape it around and shoot a great number that makes it seem so easy. And the next day (it’s) super hard. So it is what it is.”
No matter what she shoots, Lincicome’s presence has already achieved its goals. The event has gotten more buzz than it otherwise might have coming opposite the Open Championship. And Lincicome, through her charm and openness, has shown a broader audience why it’s truly different on the LPGA Tour.