Now that I’ve had a couple of hours to rest my fingers, here are a few more observations on the wind-blown Ginn #1:
Brittany Lincicome’s victory was the second of her three-year career. The first came last July at the HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship. So in her two LPGA wins, Brittany has outdueled Lorena Ochoa (twice), Juli Inkster, Michelle Wie and Laura Davies. Not too shabby.
Lincicome, Juli Inkster and Meena Lee were the only players who did not post an over-par round during their four days in Orlando. Sherri Steinhauer was the only player besides those three to avoid going over par Sunday, but she carded a 74 on Thursday.
As for my earlier statement about Birdie Kim - WRONG! – it was her first Top 10 since winning the 2005 US Open, not 2004 (only two years ago instead of “nearly three”). It was only her third ever Top 10 in 73 career starts.
The average score for the final round was 76.54, 4.5 strokes higher than the average on Saturday. If you adjust for context, Ochoa was .5 “over par” and Lincicome was 4.5 “under par” which makes Ochoa’s collapse look a bit less severe and Lincicome’s round look pretty darned good.
At the end of round three, Jeong Jang was at +4 tied for 71st place. She shot 73 on Sunday to move up 28 positions and finish in a tie for 43rd and take home an extra $5000 or so. Amy Hung, Ai Miyazato and Ashley Hoagland also shot 73 on Sunday – they jumped from T42 to T24 to pick up an extra $11,000 apiece. Crazy day.