Date: January 31, 2007
Author: Luke Buttigieg

Late arrival no problem for Brittany

By Luke Buttigieg American star Brittany Lincicome has shrugged off her late arrival for this week&aposs MFS Women&aposs Australian Open at Royal Sydney, saying such occurrences earlier in her career have never hindered her. The 21-year-old from Seminole in Florida, wasn&apost able to leave the United States until Monday because of previous commitments to two pro-ams at the weekend, and her flight from Los Angeles to Sydney was then delayed. As a result, Lincicome didn&apost arrive at Royal Sydney until Wednesday afternoon after starting her trip in Tampa more than 20 hours earlier, but the 2006 HSBC Women&aposs World Match Play Championship winner isn&apost fazed by her preparation. “I&aposve done a couple of tournaments in junior golf without practice rounds and came out pretty good so it&aposs normally the less I know the better because then I over-think it a little bit,” Lincicome said. Having surprised even herself when she went all the way at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in New Jersey last year, Lincicome says winning her opening match of that tournament at the 20th hole against Michele Redman set her on the way. But while she won&apost be able to complete a practice round ahead of Thursday&aposs start, having instead to limit herself to walking the course with father Tom, who is also her caddy, Lincicome already has a little knowledge of the course. “The guy that picked us up from the airport we were trying to pick his brain a little bit, trying to figure out what some of the holes were like, what we needed to focus on for today, and that was about it,” she said. “He just said some of the greens and a lot of bunkers in the fairways to watch out for.” Hoping to &aposcome out on top, maybe win&apos the tournament this week, having slept for much of the marathon trip from the US that included a stopover in St Louis, Lincicome is in Australia for the first time. “A lot of the girls on Tour are from here and they recommended coming over here, they said it was really beautiful and I&aposve always wanted to come over here,” said the long-hitting Lincicome. With a &aposball flight that is naturally very high&apos, which would seem to give her an advantage on a course Englishwoman Laura Davies expects to favour those who favour a high trajectory with their approach shots, Australians may know a lot more about Lincicome by Sunday night.