By LARRY VAUGHT
Brittany Lincicome figures she has nothing to lose playing in the Barbasol Championship in mid-July in Jessamine County.
It’s a regular PGA TOUR event at Keene Trace Golf Club and she’ll be just the fifth female in history to compete with the PGA players. The others were Babe Zahraias, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie.
She even has another event scheduled on July 16, so she won’t get to see the course for the first time until July 17 — two days before the first round. However, that’s not out of her normal routine.
“I try not to put too much extra pressure on big events,” Lincicome, who believes she may have played one amateur event in Kentucky but is not sure, said Friday. “I never go early. I try to treat them as normal tour events. I will try to treat this like any other event.”
Except it won’t be.
Lincicome, 32, is an eight-time LPGA winner and and a six-time U.S. Solheim Cup team member. She’s a two-time major champion.
“When we first started talking about this, my first reaction was that I was so nervous,” she said. “I feel like people are expecting me to do well, and I am expecting myself to do well. I just want to go have fun.”
Lincicome is in the field because of a sponsor’s exemption and said fellow LPGA Tour players were all “super excited” for her when the news broke during the U.S. Women’s Open.
“It was wonderful to see all my peers wish me good luck,” the LPGA player said.
She’s one of the longest hitters on the LPGA Tour. In the Barbasol Championship, she’ll likely be the shortest hitter. She joked Friday she would find out what players who normally are 50 to 60 yards behind her off the tee in LPGA events feel like.
“I will be hitting long irons (into the greens) and the guys will be hitting wedges,” she said.
She’s never had many opportunities to play with PGA players but thinks she will love the experience.
“It will push me to be better,” she said. “It has always been in the way far back of my mind (to play a PGA TOUR event) but I never thought it would come true. I have watched Annika and Michelle do it. I always wanted to but just never did think it would come true.”
It took her a few days — along with some gentle prodding from her caddy — to accept the sponsor’s exemption to play in Kentucky.
“I’ve got nothing to lose. If I miss the cut, it’s not a big deal. Maybe I will learn a few things,” she said.