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Golf Australia Express : Issue 9
WHILEAMERICAN Brittany Lincicome went down the 72nd hole at the Canadian Open thinking “yes, yes, yes”, the outcome was very nearly Wie, Wie, Wie. Lincicome held off Wie and another fast-finishing compatriot in Stacy Lewis, to claim her second win of the season and fifth of her career. Lincicome’s final round 2-under par 70 was enough to win the title by a solitary shot, as the field battled strong winds and heavy rain at Hillsdale Golf and Country Club outside Montreal. But in the end it was Lincicome who prevailed in the tough conditions. Starting the day one behind Wie, Japan’s Ai Miyazato and American Tiffany Joh, the 25-year-old Florida local took little time to stamp her authority on the event. She birdied three of her first seven holes to move two shots clear in the lead before a bogey at the par-4 12th brought her back to the pack. Holding on to her one- shot lead, the Yank showed atonofsteelasshemadea clutch par putt on 17 before producing a remarkable up- and-down at the last from 40 yards to seal victory. The win earned Lincicome US$337,500 and moved her to fifth on the LPGA Tour’s money list. Meanwhile Wie, the overnight co-leader, was not without her chances. In fact, she was still in the hunt until the death knell, coming agonisingly close to defending her Canadian Open title. After a birdie at the 13th and another on 15 after draining a long putt, the former teen prodigy tied the lead with Lincicome. But a bogey at the next after she rinsed her second shot derailed any hope of overtaking Lincicome. As conditions worsened, Wie could only par the final two holes. She had to settle for second place, her second runner-up finish of the season. The best round of the day belonged to Lewis—a barnstorming 5-under par 67. Lewis began the final round way back in a tie for 19th, but surged up the leaderboard with birdies on three of her opening four holes. The tied second place also earned her a second runner-up finish for the season, and her eighth top 10 result of 2011. OTG “IT’S REALLY FUNNY. BEING FROM FLORIDA, I’VE BEEN THROUGH ONE HURRICANE MY WHOLE LIFE, AND I COME TO CANADA AND I’M IN THE MIDST OF IRENE.” — Brittany Lincicome WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE LPGA TOUR WRAP THE FINAL STANDINGS 1 BRITTANY LINCICOME USA -13 $337,500 T2 STAC Y LEWIS USA -12 $177,981 T2 MICHELLE WIE USA -12 $177,981 T4 CRISTIE KERR USA -11 $104,478 T4 ANGELA STANFORD USA -11 $104,478 T6 HEE-WON HAN KOR -10 $61,558 T6 JENNY SHIN KOR -10 $61,558 T6 JIYAI SHIN KOR -10 $61,558 T6 NA YEON CHOI KOR -10 $61,558 T10 SUN YOUNG YOO KOR -9 $44,050 T10 SONG-HEE KIM KOR -9 $44,050 BRITTANY SPEARS WIN