Lincicome joins 11-way tie for Women's PGA lead

Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:08pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

RYE, New York (Reuters) - Brittany Lincicome used an eagle-three on the par-five 15th hole to grab a share of the early lead at three-under 70 midway through the opening round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Thursday.

Long-hitting Lincicome, winner of the year's first major, the ANA Inspiration, broke into the red numbers with her eagle and birdied the next to join a pack of 11 players in the clubhouse at 70 on a hot, humid day at Westchester Country Club.

Lincicome said she had hoped to be able to take advantage of the five par-fives with her length off the tee on the classic, tree-lined course that has hosted more than 40 PGA Tour events.

"See my eyes light up?" the 29-year-old American told reporters with a smile. "Super excited."

Seventy was also posted by twice major winner Cristie Kerr, world number four Kim Hyo-joo of South Korea, 11th-ranked Lexi Thompson, Germany's Sandra Gal and Jessica Korda, who birdied 17 and 18 to join the party.

France's Joanna Klatten was also on the popular number 70 along with Taiwan's Lee Min, South Koreans Chella Choi and Kim Sei-young, and American Jane Rah on the rain-softened 6,670-yard layout.

Another five players were in the clubhouse on 71, including two-time defending champion Park In-bee of South Korea.

World number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand closed with birdies on the last two holes to register a one-under 72.   Continued...

Apr 5, 2015; Rancho Mirage, CA, USA; Brittany Lincicome plays a shot out of a greenside bunker on the eighth hole during the final round of the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills CC - Dinah Shore Tournament Course. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports