Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic
Paradise Island, Bahamas
Final Round Notes
January 29, 2017
Brittany Lincicome made a birdie on the first playoff hole to best fellow countrywoman Lexi Thompson on the first playoff hole at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.
“It was pretty incredible,” Lincicome said. “Just the leaderboard all week has been amazing, obviously a lot of Americans up at the top, obviously friends of mine, so to come down to the final stretch, I played with Lexi yesterday, and it was an awesome day. We had so much fun, and to obviously have the playoff today is a bummer, but it’s just incredible.”
Lincicome found her way into the playoff thanks to a clutch birdie on the 18th to close out her final round in 5-under, 68, and to post 26-under for the week. The win improves Lincicome to 2-4 all-time in playoffs with wins in her last two.
“Going into this week we talked about confidence, I wanted to work on my confidence, I wanted to be more confident out there,” Lincicome said. “I’m a good player. There is no reason why we’re not in contention more, so we had this whole long talk and she (Lincicome’s caddie Missy Pederson) told me, “Get out of your own way. We’re going to hit one shot at a time,” and that was the par 5, and I parred the par 5, which was kind of disappointing, but still she was, “One shot at a time, and we’ll see what happens,” but, no, I was shaking like a leaf and super uncomfortable for the last four or five holes. “
The win is the seventh of Lincicome’s career and first since the 2015 ANA Inspiration.
“It’s pretty crazy,” Lincicome admitted. “My husband (Dewald Gouws) doesn’t get to come to many events, so it’s pretty special that he was here this week and taking it in with me and enjoying all the festivities, and then obviously Pure Silk, Tom Murray mentioned before I was his first LPGA player that he signed, and now there’s 15 of us, so it’s just incredible so see how he’s grown and how many players he represents now and just how wonderful of a person him and his family are. “
While Thompson was disappointed with the finish she was able to take some positives from the week in the Bahamas.
“You know, I played well all week, and my putter definitely saved me, and I made a lot of birdies out there, just a lot of positives to take from the week,” Thompson said. “Brittany played amazing, amongst a lot of other players out there and it just got tough out there today, especially with three or four holes to go. That’s the hard stretch.”
Stacy Lewis finished third while Gerina Piller rounded out the top-4.
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