Lincicome edges Kerr and Shin

Brittany Lincicome has won the ShopRite LPGA Classic with an up-and-down birdie from thick fescue grass on the 18th hole.

Brittany Lincicome, the World No 24, has won the ShopRite LPGA Classic with a stunning up-and-down for birdie from the thick fescue grass on the 18th hole.

The American young gun shot a 5-under-par 66 for an 11-under 202 in Sunday’s third and final round of the event to record her fourth-career LPGA victory, this time with a one-shot win over World No 3 Jiyai Shin of South Korea and No 4 Cristie Kerr, a fellow-American..

With former LPGA Tour member AJ Eathorne on her bag, Lincicome started the day two shots behind second-round leader Kerr and carded an eagle on the third hole to quickly move into a day-long fight for the title.

Kerr started the day with birdies at three, five and six, but faltered with bogies at seven and eight and then opening the door for Lincicome and Shin,

Shin posted the clubhouse lead at 10-under-par with Lincicome coming down the 18th.

The American hit her second shot to the par-5 into the tall fescue grass left of the 18th green, but managed to chip out to five-feet and sink the birdie.

Kerr, in the meantime, was just short with an 80-foot eagle putt that could have forced, but she did make birdie and grab a share of second place at 10-under.

Lincicome played her final 38 holes bogey-free from the 16th hole on Friday where she made double bogey.

Her previous-best finish this season came at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, where she tied for second and punched her ticket to the CME Group Titleholders.

Lincicome was delighted by her latest win.

“Yeah, everything kind of fell my way. It was clearly my week. I started on fire. I made an eagle. I made some birdies, but then kind of halfway until the end I left everything short. I got really tight, really super nervous. Couldn’t seem to get a putt to the hole and nothing was really happening.

“I don’t normally look at leaderboards, but I look to the leaderboard on the 18th and saw I was one ahead.

“Then when I got to the 18 green and Jiyai Shin was 10-under, I see I’m in the weeds, like in the bushes, tied for the lead, and I’m like, oh, gosh, this is not where you want to be.

But clearly, again, it was just my day. I mean that chip shot… I could go out and hit a whole bucket of balls and not get it within five feet like I just did. So that putt and chip were equally as hard and I was shaking like a leaf.”

Kerr’s bid for a 15th LPGA victory fell one shot short on Sunday, but she added another runner-up finish to her impressive record this season.

Just two weeks ago, Kerr lost to Suzann Pettersen in the final of the Sybase Match Play Championship and now has five top-10 finishes in eight tournaments played this season.

Next up for Kerr? She’ll try to defend her titles at next week’s LPGA State Farm Classic and the Wegmans LPGA Championship in late June.

Anna Nordqvist, Catriona Matthew and Brittany Lang all earned a spot in the season-ending CME Group Titleholders event, which will be held on November 17-20, this year at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando.

World No 1 Yani Tseng, Karrie Webb, and Maria Hjorth each shot 6-under 65s to tie for the low round on the final day of the tournament.

Top 10 Leaderboard

202 Brittany Lincicome 72 64 66

203 Jiyai Shin (Kor) 66 71 66, Cristie Kerr 69 65 69

204 Catriona Matthew (Sco) 68 67 69

205 Anna Nordqvist (Swe) 71 68 66, In-Kyung Kim (Kor) 69 70 66

206 Yani Tseng (Tai) 73 68 65

207 Mindy Kim (Kor) 72 65 70, Karrie Webb (Aus) 70 72 65, Brittany Lang 72 66 69