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Seminole's Lincicome rallies for title

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Brittany Lincicome of Seminole made a 4-foot birdie on the final hole Sunday to win the ShopRite LPGA Classic for her fourth title and first in two years.

Lincicome shot bogey-free 5-under 66 for a one-shot victory over Jiyai Shin (65) and Cristie Kerr (69), the second-round leader.

It was the long-hitting Lincicome's first win since the 2009 Kraft Nabisco, her lone major.

"Everything kind of fell my way," Lincicome said.

Lincicome, 25, finished the 54-hole event on the Bay Course at Seaview at 11-under 202. She was 9 under on nine par 5s in the tournament including Sunday's birdie on the 501-yard 18th.

After a perfect drive, Lincicome choked down on a 3-wood but hit it long, into some fescue about hole-high. But she deftly hit a lob wedge close — "I could have hit a bucket of balls and not gotten it that close," she said — and made the putt after nearly backing off it because "my hands were shaking so bad."

Lincicome also gave some credit to her new caddie, former LPGA Tour player A.J. Eathorne. The two started working together two weeks ago.

"The more I talk and chattier that I am, the better that I play," Lincicome said, noting Eathorne picked up her spirits.

Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (68) tied for 11th at 208.

Memorial: Stricker hangs on for victory

DUBLIN, Ohio — Steve Stricker finally found the winning formula at the Memorial.

Stricker, never in the top 10 in 11 previous trips to Muirfield Village, built a big lead on the front nine, then relied on his silky putting for two clutch pars to hang on for a one-shot victory.

He closed with 4-under 68, lagging from 20 feet for a two-putt bogey on No. 18. He twice saved par from bunkers on the 16th and 17th holes, making putts of 15 feet and 7 feet.

"It wasn't pretty," Stricker said to tournament host Jack Nicklaus walking off the 18th green.

Stricker, 44, finished at 16-under 272. Matt Kuchar and Brandt Jobe each closed with 65 to tie for second at 273.

CHAMPIONS: Bob Gilder, 60, earned his first 50-and-over tour victory since 2006, sinking a 30-foot birdie on No. 18 at the Principal Charity Classic and winning by a shot when Mark Brooks bogeyed the hole in West Des Moines, Iowa. Gilder closed with 6-under 65 for a three-round total of 199. Part-time Dunedin resident Rod Spittle (65) tied for third at 201.

Seminole's Lincicome rallies for title 06/05/11 [Last modified: Monday, June 6, 2011 12:16am]
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