Lincicome off to hot start after cooling New York


HARRISON, N.Y. – Brittany Lincicome felt a little bit like “The Cooler” early this week in New York.

She rang the closing bell on NASDAQ on Tuesday when the index dived in a decline.

Then she raced off to throw out the first pitch at CitiField wearing a Mets uniform - only to watch the hometown team victimized by San Francisco Giants pitcher Chris Heston tossing a no-hitter.

“I don’t think I’m ever going to be invited back to do anything fun,” Lincicome cracked.

Lincicome had some fun Thursday at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Westchester Country Club, getting herself in early position to win back-to-back major championships. She shot a 3-under-par 70 in the opening round in a bid to follow up her victory at the ANA Inspiration with another title this week. She’s the only player in the field who has a chance at the Grand Slam this year.

Lincicome is looking to win her third career major. She won the Kraft Nabisco in 2009 and made a hard run at winning the LPGA Championship last year. She lost in a playoff to Inbee Park.

“It's just the majors, they set up perfectly for my game,” Lincicome said. “I like it when 6-, 7-, 8-under par wins.”

Lincicome joked about cooling off New Yorkers with her appearances Tuesday, but she had a lot of fun in the city.

“What an incredible experience,” Lincicome said.

After throwing out the first pitch at CitiField – a perfect strike, by the way – Lincicome met American Pharoah jockey Victor Espinoza on the field. She asked to be in a picture with him and was surprised how much she towered over him.

A friend gave her a hard time about it.

“So who was that kid you took a picture with?” Lincicome said her friend cracked.

Come Sunday, Lincicome would relish fans wanting to get their photos with her hoisting a trophy.