Add Lincicomes Name to List of Young Guns

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GLADSTONE, N.J. -- The list of up-and-coming young Americans on the LPGA Tour has increased by one.
 
There's Michelle Wie, Morgan Pressel, Paula Creamer and, now, Brittany Lincicome.
 
The long-hitting Lincicome had a not-that-close 3 and 2 victory over Hall of Famer Juli Inkster in the final of the $2 million HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship.
 
It was the first career tour victory for the 20-year-old Lincicome, who was barely mentioned coming into this event despite a seventh-place finish in last weekend's U.S. Women's Open.
 
'It's a huge accomplishment,' said Lincicome, who opened a 5-up lead after eight holes to take the excitement out of the final. 'It's what I have been trying to do since I was a little girl, to play on the LPGA Tour and win a tournament.'

No one thought she would win this one, not with Annika Sorenstam, Wie, Lorena Ochoa and most of the world's top 64 players in the field.
 
Using her length on the hilly Hamilton Farm layout, Lincicome proved she could play with anyone. She beat crowd-favorite Wie 4 and 3 in the quarterfinals, knocked off tour money-leader Ochoa with a 20-foot birdie on the 19th hole in the semifinal Sunday morning and then came back after a 30-minute break to run away from Inkster, who beat Sorenstam and Creamer in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.
 
Lincicome acknowledged she has been bothered by the attention that Wie, Creamer and Pressel have generated this year as the young guns on tour.
 
'Morgan and Paula, all of us, we came up through the junior ranks together,' Lincicome said. 'So we were always the talk. And then when they came out, I came out.'
 
That's when Lincicome stopped being part of buzz about the young crowd, at least until now.
 
'So now that I am playing well this year, you know, my name will get out there,' she said.
 
Winning does that. It's also something the other up-and-coming players haven't done this year.
 
Wie, the 16-year-old from Hawaii who has a $10 million endorsement deal, still hasn't won an event since capturing a U.S Women's Amateur Public Links title three years ago. Pressel, 18, won the Women's Amateur and was second in the Women's Open last year. She hasn't won on tour.
 
Creamer, 19, won four events last year, two on tour and two in Japan. Bothered by a wrist injury, she hasn't won this year.
 
'They say the first one is the hardest to get,' said Lincicome, whose dad, Tom, caddied for her all week. 'So, yeah, I'm not going to go into every tournament thinking: `I need this win, or I can have this win.''
 
The bottom line is she now knows how to win.
 
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