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Lincicome feels support on playing men's event

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KILDEER, Ill. – Brittany Lincicome couldn’t be happier with the reaction she is getting since news broke that she will tee it up with PGA Tour pros at the Barbasol Championship in three weeks.

“I really haven’t heard one negative thing, which has been a dream come true,” Lincicome said after opening the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Thursday with a 1-under-par 71. “You don’t know how people are going to take it. I, obviously, didn’t want there to be anything negative about it. I’m just going to go into the week having a good time. However I play is how I’m going to play, and I just want to learn a little bit from the guys.”

Lincicome said fan reaction has been positive from galleries out on tour.

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Unsure how other LPGA pros would take the news, Lincicome is emboldened by the unanimous support expressed to her.

“I never thought anybody would actually say, `Hey, good job. We are rooting for you,’ but almost every player has come up to me, rooting me on,” she said.

Danielle Kang is envious.

“I want to play,” Kang said. “I thought that was an amazing thing. I always liked to see different types of golf and different opportunities. I think she'll have a lot of fun.”

Kang made sure Lincicome knew she was rooting for her.

“I saw her in the locker room, and I screamed, `Oh, my God, how exciting, you're going to have so much fun,’” Kang said.