Seminole's Brittany Lincicome did not make the cut in her first PGA Tour event, but she did improve by seven shots in her second round.
Lincicome shot 1-under 71 on Saturday at the Barbasol Championship in Nicholasville, Ky., after having to wait an extra day to play her second round due to rain. Her two-day total was 5-over 149. The cut line was 4 under.
Lincicome teed off at 7:52 a.m., more than an hour before spectators were allowed on the course at Keene Trace Golf Club due to wet conditions. She said that helped her relax.
"The first tee was very quiet," Lincicome said in a phone interview after her round. "It was like playing with your buddies. I hit it a lot better (Saturday), a lot closer. I made a lot of really good putts."
Lincicome, the sixth woman to play in a PGA Tour event, had five birdies – including three in a row on Nos. 6-8 – and she eagled the par-5 17th hole, holing out from 116 yards. She also had six bogeys.
"(The eagle) kind of topped off the whole week," Lincicome said. "It was so cool for that to happen. The roar was so big, and my caddie (Missy Pederson) attacked me. It was so funny, so perfect."
Lincicome said she will spend a week at home before she heads to England to play in the Women's British Open on Aug. 2-5. Though she didn't contend in the PGA event, she said she can draw on her experience when she returns to the LPGA Tour.
"This is an event that is going to prepare me for the future," she said. "When I get nervous in these situations again, I can kind of calm myself down. Actually, I thought I would be a basket case (Saturday), but I was pretty calm."
Playing partner Conrad Shindler — who made the cut along with her other partner, Sam Ryder — described playing with Lincicome as "a pleasure, a treat." Despite her roller-coaster performance, he said her approach was consistent.
"She does the same thing every shot," Shindler said. "She just knows where it's going to go. Each day, she gained confidence."
Lincicome left the door open to playing in another PGA Tour event. She played the Barbsol Championship on a sponsor’s exemption offered by Tom Murray, president and CEO of Perio, which owns the Barbasol and Pure Silk brands. Pure Silk is one of Lincicome’s sponsors.
"Never say never," she said. "Obviously this was an awesome experience, and I can't thank Tom and Barbasol enough for giving me this opportunity. I just feel super blessed."
Information from Times wires was used in this report.