Brittany Lincicome won the Canadian Women’s Open by one stroke when she sank a par putt on the 18th hole on Sunday. She gained the lead by closing with a 2-udner-70 to get past defending champion Michelle Wie. Wie had won last year’s tournament. She sank long putts on the 15th and 17th holes to edge closer to Lincicome but this wasn’t enough especially after she missed the green.
This victory is Lincicome’s fifth win in the LPGA and her second for the year. She, along with the tour organizers had feared that strong gusty winds brought by Hurricane Irene would cause a cancellation of the tournament but this did not materialize since the winds that arrived were not strong enough to stop the game.
Lincicome admitted that she sang to herself to steady her nerves.
“I was very patient, singing a lot of songs, very chatty,” she said. “The weather was not great, but I was still having fun. I’m definitely going to remember this win.”
Fearing that the rain would disrupt play, the organizers moved start times by 90 minutes and grouped players into three per group, starting each group on the first and ninth tees to get the fourth round in before the rain completely washed out the course.
Lincicome’s winning shot came after she pulled her tee shot on the 18th into a tent before she got the ball near the green and made the winning putt.
“I’m growing as a golfer, I guess,” said Lincicome. “If this would have happened a couple of years ago I’m not sure how I would have handled it.”