Saturday, January 20, 2018
Golf

Seminole golfer Brittany Lincicome shoots 80 at U.S. Women's Open

KOHLER, Wis. — One day after Brittany Lincicome said on Twitter that she "had complete control over my whole game" in taking a share of the U.S. Women's Open lead, it all vanished for the Seminole golfer Friday and she barely made the cut.

Lincicome followed her 3-under 69 with a second-round 80 that left her at 5-over 149, well behind leader Suzann Pettersen and hard-charging Michelle Wie.

"I did nothing right (Friday)," said Lincicome, who had six bogeys and two double bogeys. "I couldn't drive the ball. I couldn't do anything right. I couldn't putt."

Pettersen, ranked sixth in the world, shot 4-under 68 at Blackwolf Run and moved to 5-under 139 at this major.

Wie was even better, carding 6-under 66 to move to 4 under and put herself in position to break out of a slump. Wie was tied with Cristie Kerr (71), the 2007 Open winner, one stroke off the lead.

Pettersen played in the group directly behind Wie, giving her a good view of what turned out to be an impressive display of accurate approach shots and made putts. "She was fist-pumping, every putt she looked at," Pettersen said.

Wie said she doesn't spend much time thinking about the attention she received as a high-profile child prodigy in the early 2000s or whether fans had written her off since then.

"I don't know if anyone gave up on me or not," Wie said. "I'm sure some did and some didn't. But I never gave up on myself, and (Friday) was a good reminder to myself that I can do (it) and I still have it."

Wie, who had missed six of eight cuts this season, said she has been feeling better about her game of late. Then she carded seven birdies against one bogey Friday to follow her first-round 74.

"The fact that you're in contention to have a chance to win the U.S. Open is a big deal," said Wie, who has two LPGA Tour wins. "I'm so grateful I have that chance right now. I'm really looking forward to seeing the crowds (today) and experiencing it all again."

Kerr, who was tied for the first-round lead at 3 under with Lizette Salas and Lincicome, had 71. "I always draw on that experience, of course, but it's hard to predict what's an advantage and what's not an advantage," she said of her previous Open win.

Sandra Gal, Inbee Park and Vicky Hurst shot 70 to reach 3 under.

Salas, a 22-year-old recent Southern Cal graduate, had 73 to drop to 2 under.

Lexi Thompson, 17, of Coral Springs, shot 73 to top the group at 1 under, and top-ranked Yani Tseng was 2 over after 72.

Tampa's Kristy McPherson shot 71 for a 2-over 146 total, tied for 29th. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse followed her 73 with 74 and was at 3-over 147. Clearwater's Jennifer Gleason carded 80 to reach 9 over and miss the cut.

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