Brittany Lincicome birdied four of her final five holes to claim a two-shot victory at the weather-affected Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.
Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic
The American successfully defended her title by posting a seven-under 66 at Paradise Island, closing with back-to-back birdies in near-darkness to pull clear of Taiwan’s Hsu-Wei Ling.
World No 1 Shanshan Feng and South Korea’s Amy Yang finished three strokes back in a share of third, with the event reduced to 54 holes after strong winds saw more than a day and a half of play lost.
“My putter really saved me all day,” Lincicome said. “I made a lot of great par saves and birdies and I’m just on cloud nine.”
Lincicome posted a bogey-free back nine to complete her second round Sunday morning and get within two of the lead, before mixing three birdies with one blemish to reach the turn in 34 in her final round.
A birdie at the 11th was followed by another from Lincicome at the 14th – where leader Hsu missed from close range – before the pair exchanged gains at the par-five 15th.
There was a two-shot swing at the 17th when Lincicome made a birdie and Wsu squandered a short putt to save par, before the American closed out victory under floodlights with a birdie at the par-five last.