No one in this week’s field has had as much success at Mission Hills Country Club. The two-time winner (2009 and 2015) expected to find the Dinah Shore Tournament Course burnt and brown in the 100-plus degree desert heat. It’s different alright, with Bermuda grass and blazing sun, but it’s also astonishingly green. The course superintendent, she said, “deserves the world.”
“I was a little bit shocked,” said Lincicome, who opened with a 3-under 69 and sits three shots back from leader Nelly Korda at 6 under. In Gee Chun and Madelene Sagstrom are at 5 under while No. 2 Danielle Kang and Brooke Henderson sit with several other golfers at 4 under.
Lincicome’s caddie, Missy Pederson, advised her to stay in the cart the first three days of practice rounds. They only played nine holes each day because conserving energy is key in the brutal desert heat.
Lincicome, 34, said she felt lightheaded and that her kidneys hurt earlier in the week. She chalked it up to dehydration and has since made it a point to pound water. Afternoon naps help, too.