Brittany Lincicome looks determined to give herself another chance this weekend at winning her second major championship.
A month after failing to hold on to a two-shot lead with two holes to play at the Wegmans LPGA Championship, Lincicome is back on her game, seizing the lead halfway through the Evian Championship.
With a bogey-free round of 6-under 65 Friday, Lincicome moved to 10-under 132, a shot ahead of Hyo Joo Kim, who followed Thursday’s record-setting 61 with a 72. Lincicome is three shots ahead of Mi Jung Hur (69) and four in front of defending champion Suzann Pettersen (69) and Hall of Famer Karrie Webb (71).
Rolex world No. 1 Stacy Lewis (67) and No. 3 Lydia Ko (68) are five back, along with Moriya Jutanugarn (68).
“It's been a while since I won,” Lincicome told reporters in France after her round. “Obviously, it's still in my memory, and I can still pull from those events, and put them into play and tell myself, `You've been here before and done this before. There is no reason why I shouldn't be standing on 18 Sunday holding that trophy.’”
Lincicome, 28, won the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2009. She’s seeking her sixth LPGA title and her first since winning the CN Canadian Women’s Open three years ago. Once as high as No. 8 in the Rolex World Rankings back in 2012, Lincicome is finding form and confidence in this run over the last month. She was No. 61 going to the Wegmans LPGA Championship and now ranks No. 28.
Lincicome made bogey at the final hole of the Wegmans LPGA Championship in August, setting up a playoff with Inbee Park, who beat her with a par on the first hole of sudden death. Lincicome joked Friday that she would like to take the stress out of her next victory.
“I really, one of these days, would love to win a golf tournament by five or 10 strokes, so when I am walking down 18, I can be all smiley and waving and having a good time and not, like, super stressed, ready to, like, explode inside,” Lincicome said. “That's my next goal, to win a tournament by a bunch of strokes.
“The pressure is difficult to handle.”
Pettersen got herself in position to make a move at getting in the final Sunday pairing for the third consecutive major. She tied for second at the Ricoh Women’s British Open and tied sixth at the Wegmans LPGA Championship.
“Game is getting more and more solid,” Pettersen said.
Webb is making a run at her eighth major championship title with an old putter and a new swing.
Before heading to Evian, Webb pulled a 12-year-old Titleist prototype putter out of her closet. She began re-working her swing with a new coach, Mike McGetrick, late in the spring.
“It was just a bit of an up‑and‑down day,” Webb said. “Didn't have as good a feel with my swing today. It was a little bit inconsistent, but finished with two birdies on the last three, so sort of makes dinner taste better.”
Lewis has finished second at Evian twice. She’s looking to trump that this weekend.
“Probably one of the most solid rounds I’ve put together in a while,” Lewis said of her 67.