Lincicome beats Lewis in ANA Inspiration playoff

Sun Apr 5, 2015 11:03pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Brittany Lincicome beat fellow American Stacy Lewis at the third sudden death hole to win the ANA Inspiration in California on Sunday.

Lincicome, who eagled the par-five 18th to force the playoff, won with a par at the same hole to claim her second victory at the LPGA's opening major at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage.

She also eagled the final hole for her previous victory six years ago, but this time she needed to work overtime after carding a closing 69 to finish tied with Lewis (70) at nine-under 279, one stroke ahead of compatriot Morgan Pressel.

Overnight leader Kim Sei-young of South Korea struggled in strong winds on the back nine and faded to tie for fourth, two shots behind. She went eight consecutive holes without a par on the back nine.

Long-hitting Lincicome had little pressure playing the 18th hole in regulation because she did not give herself any hope of victory and rifled a five-iron to six feet to set up the eagle chance.

She said she felt considerably more heat in the playoff.

“The first time it felt fairly easy because I thought I was so far out of the tournament that I never had a chance,” she told Golf Channel after tapping in her winning putt from a foot.

“I’m standing here physically shaking like a leaf. That’s how nerves get to you.”

Lincicome said her approach at the 18th to set up eagle was almost a carbon copy of her shot that set up victory six years ago.   Continued...

 
Apr 5, 2015; Rancho Mirage, CA, USA; Brittany Lincicome tees off on the sixth hole during the final round of the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills CC - Dinah Shore Tournament Course. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports