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Seminole native Brittany Lincicome has two-shot lead in LPGA's Sybase Classic

Brittany Lincicome has her second straight bogey-free round and hits 17 greens. “It’s nice just to be under par,” she says.

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Brittany Lincicome has her second straight bogey-free round and hits 17 greens. “It’s nice just to be under par,” she says.

CLIFTON, N.J. — Fewer than six months ago, Brittany Lincicome had a long sit-down with her parents and talked about taking a year off from golf.

The Seminole native's game had gone bad.

With a little more work and a coaching change, things have turned around.

Last month, Lincicome, 23, won her first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, and this week she is starting to show the consistency all good players seem to possess.

Lincicome followed an opening-round 64 with 3-under 69 Friday to take a two-shot lead over Suzann Pettersen and Ji Young Oh at the Sybase Classic.

"I really had no expectations (Friday), just to keep it under par," Lincicome said. "I was hitting it good (Thursday). When I went to the range (Friday) morning, I felt like I was hitting it really well. I hit 17 greens (Friday), which is pretty phenomenal."

The only one Lincicome missed in a bogey-free round was at the par-4 16th.

"I've never had two full rounds, 36 holes, without making a bogey before, and I think that was the only thing on my mind on the back nine," Lincicome said. "I looked at my caddie at one point, and I just said, 'Can we just three-putt one hole just to get it out of the way and I can be done with it and move forward?' "

Lincicome's 11-under total on the Upper Montclair Country Club course was the lowest 36-hole total on a par-72 course on the LPGA Tour this year.

First-round leader Helen Alfredsson, coming off a career-best 62, shot 76 in a round that included a missed tap-in. She was tied for fourth at 6 under with Wendy Doolan, who shot 68.

Michelle Wie, looking for her first professional win, Hall of Famer Karrie Webb and Paula Creamer were among a group at 5 under.

Three-time defending champion Lorena Ochoa had another 71 and was in danger of seeing her hold on this event end.

Tampa resident Kristy McPherson shot 75 and missed the cut by one, at 2-over 146.

PGA: Paul Goydos followed his opening 7-under 63 with 65 to reach 12-under 128 at the Texas Open in San Antonio, a score that put him three strokes ahead of three-time champion Justin Leonard and four others. It's the biggest lead Goydos has had on the tour.

"It's just kind of like being the pace car, for lack of a better word," Goydos, 44, said.

Leonard, tied with Goydos after the first round, shot 68 to join Scott Sterling (63), John Mallinger (64), Mathias Gronberg (65) and Ted Purdy (67) at 9 under.

Champions: Dan Forsman made three straight birdies on the front and back nine, shooting 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Regions Charity Classic at Hoover, Ala. Keith Fergus, Larry Mize and Hal Sutton shot 6-under 66. Sutton did it with a string of four straight birdies beginning at No. 14. Because of recent heavy rain, lift-clean-and-place rules were in effect

European: Northern Ireland amateur Shane Lowry shot 10-under 62 for 15-under 129 for a two-shot lead over Jamie Donaldson (65) and Robert Rock (65) after the second round of the Irish Open at Baltray. Paul Lawrie, the 1999 British Open champion, hit a hole-in-one at the 17th and was in fourth place after 66. John Daly, serving a six-month PGA Tour suspension, missed the cut (4 under) after a 75 put him at 1-under 143.

Obituary: Bob Rosburg, who won the PGA Championship and with ABC became the first TV reporter to call shots from the course, has died at 82. The tour said he died Thursday at home in Palm Springs, Calif. He had cancer, but friend Sal Johnson wrote on his blog that Mr. Rosburg died of head injuries after a fall.

Seminole native Brittany Lincicome has two-shot lead in LPGA's Sybase Classic 05/15/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 15, 2009 10:19pm]
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