SAMMAMISH, Wash. – For Brittany Lincicome, this week is all about attitude. Caddie Missy Pederson has permission to yell at the two-time major winner should she get emotional out there. A tall order in the land of towering trees, but so far Pederson’s plan is working beautifully.
Lincicome, one of five players under par at Sahalee Country Club, sits tied for third at 1-under 141, one stroke behind leaders Mirim Lee and Brooke Henderson at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
“You let one hole out here get you down,” said Lincicome, “and it snowballs very quickly.”
The cheerier Lincicome stays and the more she chats, the lower the scores. Pederson told her boss at the start of the week that they’re judging her performance on attitude alone. At a demanding, visually intimidating track like Sahalee, it’s the only thing players can 100 percent control.
Lincicome, a two-time major winner who finished second and fourth at this championship the past two years, finally bought into her caddie’s strategy.
“You’re already spending so much energy on a tight track and tough pins,” said Pederson. “You can’t waste time on that. She’s been the best I’ve seen in the three years I’ve worked with her.”
Lincicome’s first impression of Sahalee offered mixed reviews. It’s stunningly beautiful, she said. Perfect conditions.
But then gosh, where am I going to hit it?
Lincicome hit only six drivers off the tee, relying on her 3-wood – which she carries 230 yards – and her 3-hybrid. While Lincicome ranks 134th in driving accuracy on tour, Pederson said she can hit it straight when it’s required.
“I think distance on this golf course is a huge advantage,” Lincicome said.
So long as the ball is in play.