Brittany Lincicome won’t have the week of the men’s Open Championship off like the rest of the LPGA Tour because she’ll be teeing it up in the PGA Tour’s Barbarsol Championship, which is played opposite of the Open on July 19-22.
She will be the fifth woman to compete in a PGA Tour event joining the likes of Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie.
Lincicome, 32, will become the fifth woman to compete in a PGA Tour event, joining Michelle Wie, Annika Sorenstam, Babe Zaharias and Suzy Whaley. https://t.co/4JbBE1VjTx
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“I love competing with the guys,” Lincicome said. “I feel like I step up my game when I play with them. I play a little harder, try a little harder when I play against them. I always thought it would be cool to try.”
Lincicome, who is a Pure Silk endorser, was asked by Tom Murray, the president of Perio, the parent company of Barbasol and Pure Silk, to accept a sponsor’s invite to the tournament, and after some thinking, decided to give it a try.
“I was kind of torn,” she said of the decision to accept the invite. “Obviously, I can already hear people saying ‘You are trying to compare yourself to the men.’ That’s not what it is about.
“I think we’ll go into it having fun and try not to put too much pressure on myself. I’m not trying to compete with the guys or prove anything.”
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Lincicome is a two-time major champion having won the ANA Inspiration in both 2009 and 2015. She’s won six other times on the LPGA Tour and is one of the longest hitters on the circuit. She is married to Dewald Gouws, a long-drive competitor.
“I’m already nervous,” Lincicome said. “I feel like every time I walk by one of those guys, they are going to look at me like, ‘Why the heck are you here? What are you doing here?’ Hopefully, they are really nice.
“It will be cool. Hopefully, a lot of people come out and follow and cheer for me, because I’ll need a little extra support that week.”