By LARRY VAUGHT
Davis Love III remembers the PGA and LPGA players used to compete in a mixed team competition and how much he enjoyed the competition.
Love is playing in the Barbasol Championship this week and LPGA star Brittany Lincicome will become only the sixth LPGA player to participate in a men’s event. She’ll be trying to become the first one to ever make the 36-hole cut.
Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, is scheduled to go off the 10th tee at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville at 9:59 a.m. and is paired with PGA Tour rookies Sam Ryder, 28, and Conrad Shindler, 29. They’re off the first tee Friday at 2:59 p.m. in the second round.
“I’s obviously fun to have her out. She’s one of our favorites that I’ve gotten to know over the years and watched play not only on the tour, but international competition,” Love said.
Lincicome will join Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie as the only women to play in a PGA Tour event.
“I played when Annika played. It’s fun for us to see them out here,” Love said. “No matter what, our goal out here is to win. No matter what she does this week, it inspires the younger generation, both men and women, to play golf. So I think it’s great. It’s fun.
“I saw her across the(driving) range and I was just excited to see her over there hitting balls. She was opposite sides from me in the pro-am so I haven’t seen her today, but it’s fun. It’s exciting.
“I don’t know how much she knows about this course either, but we’re all trying to learn our way around it. She should do well. It’s not a big long intimidating golf course.”