Well, at least she got to play the weekend. Because of thunderstorms that blew through Kentucky on Friday morning, Brittany Lincicome didn’t start her second round at the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship until early Saturday, which delayed her exit from the event by a day and allowed fans another opportunity to watch the sixth woman in history to play at the highest level with the men.
A disappointing 78 on Thursday made making the cut a near impossibility. But Lincicome, the consummate professional, bounced back with a 1-under 71 on Saturday morning. She didn’t finish last. She didn’t embarrass herself. And the fans absolutely loved her, even though they were kept off the golf course for much of Saturday morning because of the hazardous conditions.
Outside scoring and at the clubhouse, though, lines for autographs were a dozen deep. And she signed every one.
“It was a pleasure, a treat,” Conrad Shindler said of playing with Lincicome. “It’s a historic moment always when we have a girl play in a PGA Tour event. To get to have a front-row seat in the group … It’s a unique aspect. A lot of people got behind her.”
The killer for Lincicome wasn’t the length of the golf course. She drove it well all week and didn’t have trouble reaching the par-4s. The par-3s were the killer. She played them a total of 7 over for two days. With even par on those holes she would have missed the cut by a couple of shots.
“I felt a lot calmer today,” Lincicome said. “I think maybe because the spectators couldn’t come out as much, it was a little bit calmer feeling this morning. And obviously I was hitting it closer, which helped. Then I made a lot of really good putts so that was nice. It was nice to have a bunch of birdies today.”
She had five birdies and an eagle at the par-5 17th hole, where she spun a wedge back into the hole from 110 yards.
“(Her game) is really consistent,” Shindler said. “You know, she does the same thing every shot. She just knows where it’s going to go. And a great short game. Each day she gained confidence.”
“I’ve learned to kind of play through the nerves this week, which is great,” Lincicome said afterward. “In the future I think that’ll really help me.”
As for the future, would she ever consider playing in another men’s event?
“Never say never,” she said. “Obviously this was an awesome experience, and I can’t thank Barbasol enough for giving me this opportunity. I just feel super blessed.”