Lincicome sits two shots off Safeway Classic lead

Brittany Lincicome during Round 1 of the Safeway Classic.

Brittany Lincicome during Round 1 of the Safeway Classic.

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. – Brittany Lincicome likes a short work week. The quicker she can get off the golf course, the more time she can spend casting her line in the Gulf of Mexico near her home in Seminole, Fla. The Safeway Classic is a three-day event, which means Lincicome’s 5-under 67 puts her in better position than usual after an opening round. She trails UCLA grad Sydnee Michaels by two strokes.

“I feel like I would have done really good on the Symetra Tour,” Lincicome said. “I can't concentrate more than three days, I guess.”

Lincicome keeps pictures of some of her big catches in the cover of her yardage book. She has been known to reel in prehistoric fish up to 400 pounds (with the help of a friend). When her wrists started hurting after one such catch before the 2011 Solheim Cup, Lincicome asked her doctor a most pressing question: “When can I get back to fishing?”

A recent trip to the bait-and-tackle shop back home in Florida introduced a new potential danger. When Lincicome spoke of the shark she recently had reeled in and held up for the camera, the salesman asked: “How much are your hands worth?” He then told Lincicome that shark could’ve swung its neck around to bite its own tail (or the hand holding its tail).

Message received.

Like most players in the field, Lincicome’s week wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Nike Employee Store. She spent $500 (on herself) and didn’t buy a single pair of kicks.

“I've been working out more this year,” Lincicome said, “so I had to get workout clothes to look good.”

That’s the other good thing being out on the boat: Fish don’t care.

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