The eight-time LPGA Tour winner was nine strokes off making the cut

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Brittany Lincicome Misses Cut At Barbasol Championship Despite 71

Two-time major winner and eight-time LPGA Tour champion Brittany Lincicome has missed the cut at the Barbasol Championship.

Lincicome became the fifth woman to play on the PGA Tour but couldn’t emulate Babe Zaharias as the only woman to make the cut in a PGA Tour event, who did so at the 1945 Los Angeles Open.

The American carded a 78 (+6) on day one but followed it up with a much better 71 (-1) on Friday featuring five birdies and an eagle.

It wasn’t enough, however, to make the cut with three players finishing below her on the leaderboard.

She was nine off the cut mark and 20 strokes back of the lead after 36 holes.

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Watch Lincicome’s opening drive on Thursday:

She carded a triple, a double and two bogeys in her six-over-par opening round to sit T129th out of 132 competitors.

She was 16 strokes back of leader Troy Merrit who carded a 62 and conceded she wouldn’t make the cut.

On her second round, she said “I’ll probably still be nervous. Obviously nowhere near making the cut, but still just being inside the ropes with the guys is a cool feeling, a different feeling. I’m sure I’ll be super nervous as well.”

The 32-year-old ranks sixth in the LPGA Tour’s driving distance statistic with an average of just under 271 yards, and she was relishing the opportunity to compete against her male counterparts.

“Obviously, I’ve heard many times it would be cool to be the first woman to make the cut in a men’s event (since Zaharias),” she said, ahead of the tournament in Nicholasville, Kentucky. “But just going to roll with it and see what happens.”

And despite feeling nervous, she’s been made to feel at ease by the very players she’ll be locking horns with.

“All the guys on the putting green, in the lunch room, everyone has been super supportive, which is great,” Lincicome said. “They’re all like, ‘It’s great that you’re here. Thanks for coming.’ I was like, ‘Thanks for having me,’ you know.”

The American received a sponsors invite as Barbasol is owned by the same company as her sponsor Pure Silk.

She follows in the footsteps of Michelle Wie, Annika Sorenstam, Babe Zaharias and Suzy Whaley as women to play on the PGA Tour.

LPGA Tour co-founder and 10-time major champion Zaharias made the cut at the 1945 Los Angeles Open. She remains the only woman to ever make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Michelle Wie holds the record for the lowest round by a woman on the PGA Tour.

At the age of 14, Wie shot 68 in the 2004 Sony Open second round to miss the cut by one stroke.

Wie played in eight PGA Tour events and missed the cut in all eight.

Annika Sorenstam missed the cut in the 2003 Colonial Invitational.

More recemtly, Dame Laura Davies became the first ever woman to play on the European Senior Tour at the Shipco Masters in Denmark, finishing in a tie for 44th in the three round no-cut tournament.