On a day when relatively few players went low at the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge, and when many big names struggled, Brittany Lincicome fired an 11-birdie 61 that broke or tied all kinds of personal and LPGA records. Her closest pursuers are veterans Wendy Ward (bogey-free 65) and Moira Dunn (8-birdie 66), but she's put a comfortable distance between herself and last week's winner Katherine Hull (a double bogey midway through her round dropped her to her 4th-straight 67), the legendary Laura Davies (who made an eagle and 4 birdies on her way to a 68), and Hall of Famer Karrie Webb (bogey-free 69)--and she's opened up a 12-shot lead on Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Angela Stanford, Christina Kim, and Azahara Munoz.
Lincicome is -18 over her last 36 holes, but this is by no means over. Hull is -10 in that span and fellow Aussie Lindsey Wright followed up last Sunday's 63 with a 69 that would have been much better if she hadn't bogeyed her last 2 holes. And as Kerr's switch from hot over her 1st 45 holes last week to cold ever since shows, the golf gods are pretty darn fickle. A lot of players are going to be able to put up some serious numbers this morning before Lincicome tees it up at 11:50. It'll be interesting to see who can put some pressure on her today!
[Update 1 (8:38 am): Here's Mike Southern on Lincicome and Ward and the next 6 weeks on the LPGA, among other topics he covers.]
[Update 2 (9:26 am): Here's Golf Babes on Lincicome!]
[Update 3 (10/16/10, 10:42 am): Stephanie Wei asks her readers to find a round better than Lincicome's.]