There’ll be a buzz in Kentucky this week, but it won’t be over the fried chicken or the derby races, but rather all about golf.
For the first time since 2008, a woman will be playing alongside men in a PGA Tour event (Yes! It wasn’t a typo).
So, while Tiger, Spieth and the other big names of the golfing world will be heading to The Open and Carnoustie, we’ll take a little pause in Kentucky, on the green of the Keene Trace Golf Club, to witness a memorable moment for golf and for women in general.
How did this come to be?
It isn’t just a random pick for Brittany Lincicome to be here on the brink of history, not when you factor in her sponsorship.
The 32-year old is participating thanks to a sponsor’s exemption by the organizers, who just happen to be the owners of Pure Silk Brand, which Lincicome represents. Perio Inc. is the parent company for both the Pure Silk Brand and the Barbasol.
But to her credit, Lincicome participation is not all about business, the Florida native has her talent to back it up. Two-time winner of the ANA Inspiration championship, Lincicome has 8 wins on the LPGA Tour, and has one of the longest drives on the LPGA Tour.
Lincicome will become only the fourth woman to participate in a PGA Tour event, after Michelle Wie, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley, and Didrikson Zaharias.
While the most attention will be on Lincicome, there’ll be at least another 100 players there looking to steal the thunder.
Chris Kirk and Joel Dahmen may be the front runners in this year’s championship, as Kirk will look to build on his performance in the John Deere Classic, while Dahmen will seek to confirm his T2 place in the John Deere Classic with a victory here.
Tyler Duncan is 109th on the Tour rankings and still has the chances of qualifying for the playoffs firmly within his grip. T12 at the John Deere Classic, Duncan knows he has an opportunity to make his case with a strong showing here in Kentucky.
A bit of a show-off (which is actually good for the sport), Brian Gay is kind of the go to guy for spectacular putts this season and he may well have a chance to put on a display here, if his confidence catches up to him early.
It may not be The Open, but the Barbasol Championship will still provide some entertainment for the true fans, and with a woman who can drive in tow, we may just be in for more history than we think.