Lincicome wins opener in Bahamas – again

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Lincicome completed a second-round 67 in the morning, playing nine holes in 3 under, to begin the final round two strokes behind the top-ranked Feng Shanshan of China.
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Brittany Lincicome poses with the trophy after winning the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic at the Ocean Golf Course on Paradise Island, Bahamas, on January 28, 2018. The American retained her title by two strokes over Hsu Wei-ling of Chinese Taipei.

Brittany Lincicome beat darkness — with help from floodlights on Sunday on the Ocean Club's 18th green — to win the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic for the second straight year.

Lincicome birdied the final two holes and four of the last five for a 7-under 65 and a two-stroke victory over Hsu Wei-ling of Chinese Taipei in the event cut to 54 holes after wind wiped out play most of Friday on Paradise Island, Bahamas.

"I try not to look at the leaderboard, so I was just hoping whatever was happening was in my group," Lincicome said. "I was just trying to keep up with those girls (Feng Shanshan and Amy Yang). I played with two great girls today. I knew it was going to be tough and my putter really saved me all day. I made a lot of great par saves and birdies coming in."

Lincicome completed a second-round 67 in the morning, playing nine holes in 3 under, to begin the final round two strokes behind the top-ranked Feng of China.

"It is grinding, but luckily I was playing well today, so to play 27 holes it wasn't as bad," Lincicome said. "It is definitely a grind. I felt we had the better draw because I got to sleep in most mornings and not get up at 5am every day, but it's definitely draining a little bit."

The 32-year-old American won her eighth career title. She finished at 12-under 207. Last year, she beat compatriot Lexi Thompson in a playoff.

Hsu closed with a 68. She worked during the winter to improve her low-ball play in wind.

"It looks pretty good this week," Hsu said. "Got to play a lot of low shots and playing into the wind, so very happy for me."

Feng had a 71 to tie for third with Yang (70) at 9 under. Thompson (71) was 7 under with Danielle Kang (68), Nelly Korda (69) and Bronte Law (69). Canadian Brooke Henderson, the leader on Saturday night when play was suspended because of darkness, shot a 72 to finish ninth at 6 under.

Lincicome birdied the par-5 11th, par-4 14th and par-5 15th, chipping to 4 feet on 15 to tie Hsu at 11 under. Hsu holed a chip to save par on the par-4 16th, and Lincicome made an easier par save in the group behind with a blast to 4 feet from the right bunker.

Hsu bogeyed the par-3 17th when her putt horseshoed out and closed with a birdie on the par-5 18th.

"Probably not my time," Hsu said.

Lincicome made 15-foot birdie putts on the final two holes to wrap it up.

"My putter has been phenomenal these last three days," Lincicome said. "I don't think I've putted that well for a long time."

Fellow players celebrated by spraying and smearing the Pure Silk ambassador with the title sponsor's shaving cream.

"To have Pure Silk shaving cream all over me, that's amazing," Lincicome said.

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