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Lincicome secures 3-shot lead at Wegmans LPGA Championship with Lexi, Inbee in the mix

Second Round – LPGA Tour –Wegmans LPGA Championship –Monroe Golf Club – Pittsford, New York –

American Brittany Lincicome is the surprise 36-hole leader at the Wegmans LPGA Championship.

Lincicome, one of the tour’s longest hitters off the tee, has struggled the last few seasons but has found her game at least through two rounds at Monroe Golf Club in New York. With rounds of 67-68, Lincicome reached 9-under at the halfway point and leads a pair of high-profile players – Lexi Thompson and former Rolex Ranking No. 1 Inbee Park – by three shots.

Lincicome, who has slipped to No. 61 in the Rolex Ranking with just one Top 10 this season, was a whopping 125-to-1 long shot betting selection this week, according to www.skybet.com.

The 28-year-old has 11 birdies and an eagle through 36 holes scattering a handful of bogeys. She will have to hold off the game’s top players to win this major championship including Thompson, who captured the Kraft Nabisco Championship earlier this season.

Park, who has just one victory in 2014 and finished second last week, fired a 66 Friday in round two. That positions her for a weekend run at another major. She won the first three major championships of the year in 2013.

Lydia Ko, Rolex Ranking No. 2 behind Stacy Lewis, sits T-4 at 5-under heading into the weekend. Lewis continues to struggle to shoot in the 60s of late. She carded rounds of 71-73 and sits T-33.

Suzann Pettersen and Beatriz Recari headline a large group at 4-under and T-7.

Other Golf News:

  • Heath Slocum and Scott Langley co-lead the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship through two rounds at 10-under. They carded identical rounds of 65-65 in the tour season finale before the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Nick Watney, Brandt Snedeker and Webb Simpson are all within a few shots of the leaders.
  • John Cook and Olin Browne both shot 7-under-65 in the opening round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open on the Champions Tour. They lead a host of players by a shot.
  • Lincicome ranks third on the LPGA Tour in Driving Distance.
  • Two Americans, a Korean and a Canadian advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club. The first semi-final of the United States Golf Association event tees off Saturday at 8 a.m. local time.