Lincicome uses Rockford as a warmup for her big week against the guys

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Brittany Lincicome has won eight LPGA tournaments in her career including two majors. She has also earned more than eight and a half million dollars. But this is the week when she could really etch her name into everyone’s minds when she becomes only the fifth woman to compete against the guys in a PGA event.

She’ll find herself in the spotlight.

“Yea it’s going to be super fun,” said Lincicome Monday morning at the Rockford Country Club. “Play good or not play good, I’m just going to go in and have a good time and take it all in and just enjoy.”

Lincicome has been invited to compete in the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky on a sponsors’ exemption.

“Tom Murray the owner of Barbasol called me and said, ‘Hey I have a sponsor invite for you. I’d love for you to play,’ so I feel like coming from my sponsor he really wanted me to play and I wanted to play so it was kind of a win-win for both of us.”

When her entry into the Barbasol Championship became official the news spread like wildfire throughout the LPGA Tour.

“Oh my gosh! It’s been incredible from day one when it got announced,” says Lincicome. “I was getting text messages. Girls in the locker room (were talking). Still now everyone’s like, ‘Gosh we can’t wait to watch you play!”

“I think it’s awesome!,” says fellow LPGA Tour player Emma Talley. “I’m actually going to be there on Thursday. Wednesday and Thursday. I told her I hope by Sunday the whole LPGA is out there rooting her on.”

Lincicome will become the fifth woman to compete in a PGA event. She could become the first to make the cut and play throughout the weekend.

So will she be feeling the pressure?

“I’m trying not to. Everyone’s like, ‘Oh you’re going to be the first girl to make the cut.’ I’ve heard that so many times. It’s just a whole different ball game. I was in Toledo, Ohio last week and I was super nervous so I can’t even imagine what the nerves are going to be like next week.”

“I think it’s great! I think she’ll do very well. She’s a nice, long hitter,” says Rockford golf fan Carol Voelz.

“Oh I think it’s great! I think she’s a fantastic person. Her golfing is superb,” says another fan Angie Armato.

“I think it’s going to be really exciting,” says PGA and Web.com Tour golfer Scott Langley. “Anytime a female has come over and played on the men’s side it’s always brought about a lot of interest in the tournament. I’m sure she’ll hold her own.”

Lincicome goes into the Barbasol Championship with momentum after she finished in second place after a playoff last weekend in an LPGA event in Toledo.  

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