PGA Tour

Barbasol Championship 2018

July 19-22

Keene Trace Golf Club, Kentucky

$3,500,000

July 19-22

Keene Trace Golf Club, Kentucky

$3,500,000

Round 1

Merritt takes lead and Lincicome falters

July 19, 2018

Brittany Lincicome found herself 16 shots off the first-round lead of Troy Merritt at the Barbasol Championship on Thursday, but that didn't dim her pleasure in her US PGA Tour debut.

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"She had a smile on her face all day," Sam Ryder, one of Lincicome's playing partners, said of the eight-time LPGA winner, who became just the sixth woman to tee it up on the PGA Tour. "She was just a great sport out there."

Lincicome said she largely managed to conquer her nerves, but a double-bogey at the par-three 18th, her ninth, and a triple-bogey six at the par-three seventh -- her 16th, led to a six-over par 78.

"I was pretty happy with my game over all," said Lincicome, playing this week on a sponsor's exemption. "I just had two bad holes. But I drove it well. I did all the things I said I needed to do, but just my putter let me down today.

"I was a lot calmer than I thought I was going to be, which was a relief. After the first tee shot I was like, 'OK, let's go. We can do this.'"

But the odds were against her making up enough ground on Friday to become the only woman besides Babe Zaharias in 1945 to make a PGA Tour 36-hole cut.

While the spotlight was on Lincicome, Merritt put together a sparkling round of 10-under par 62 at Keen Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

"I put my old putter back in play last week and started making some putts," said Merritt, who had eight birdies and an eagle. "(I) felt pretty good on Tuesday, and then felt pretty good in the nine-hole pro-am yesterday. Today just continued hitting the same shots and made the putts and didn't make any silly mistakes. Posted a 62."

Merritt hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation and didn't miss a putt from within 10 feet.

He teed off on 10 and was six-under when he arrived at the par-five sixth, his 15th of the day, where he chipped in his third shot from 11 yards off the green for eagle.

"Kind of fun to watch that go in," said Merritt, who is seeking a second tour win after his victory in the Quicken Loans National in 2015.

He added birdies at seven and eight and had a three-shot lead over Argentina's Andres Romero and Americans Billy Horschel and Joel Dahmen.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Troy Merritt
USA
-10
62
T2
Andres Romero
ARG
-7
65
T2
Billy Horschel
USA
-7
65
T2
Joel Dahmen
USA
-7
65
T5
Hunter Mahan
USA
-6
66
T5
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-6
66
T5
Martin Piller
USA
-6
66
T5
Matt Atkins
USA
-6
66
T5
Richy Werenski
USA
-6
66
T5
Shawn Stefani
USA
-6
66
T5
Tom Lovelady
USA
-6
66
T5
Tyler Duncan
USA
-6
66
T13
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
-5
67
T13
Brian Gay
USA
-5
67
T13
Cameron Percy
AUS
-5
67
T13
D. J. Trahan
USA
-5
67
T13
David Lingmerth
SWE
-5
67
T13
John Peterson
USA
-5
67
T13
John VanDerLaan
USA
-5
67
T13
Jonathan Randolph
USA
-5
67
T13
Lanto Griffin
USA
-5
67
T13
Michael Thompson
USA
-5
67
T13
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
-5
67
T13
Nick Taylor
CAN
-5
67
T13
Ricky Barnes
USA
-5
67
T13
Robert Streb
USA
-5
67
T13
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-5
67
T28
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-4
68
T28
Brendon de Jonge
ZIM
-4
68
T28
Brian Stuard
USA
-4
68
T28
Charlie Wi
KOR
-4
68
T28
Davis Love III
USA
-4
68
T28
Jason Bohn
USA
-4
68
T28
Josh Teater
USA
-4
68
T28
Kyle Thompson
USA
-4
68
T28
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-4
68
T28
Sam Ryder
USA
-4
68
T28
Scott Brown
USA
-4
68
T28
Steve Wheatcroft
USA
-4
68
T28
William McGirt
USA
-4
68
T41
Adam Schenk
USA
-3
69
T41
D. A. Points
USA
-3
69
T41
Danny Lee
NZL
-3
69
T41
Duffy Waldorf
USA
-3
69
T41
J. J. Henry
USA
-3
69
T41
J. T. Poston
USA
-3
69
T41
John Oda
USA
-3
69
T41
John Rollins
USA
-3
69
T41
Johnson Wagner
USA
-3
69
T41
Michael Bradley
USA
-3
69
T41
Neal Lancaster
USA
-3
69
T41
Parker McLachlin
USA
-3
69
T41
Peter Malnati
USA
-3
69
T41
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-3
69
T41
Tim Wilkinson
NZL
-3
69
T41
Wesley Bryan
USA
-3
69
T41
William Cannon
USA
-3
69
T41
Zac Blair
USA
-3
69
T59
Cameron Beckman
USA
-2
70
T59
Charlie Beljan
USA
-2
70
T59
Cooper Musselman
USA
-2
70
T59
Davis Love IV
USA
-2
70
T59
Derek Fathauer
USA
-2
70
T59
Ethan Tracy
USA
-2
70
T59
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-2
70
T59
Frank Adams III
USA
-2
70
T59
Harris English
USA
-2
70
T59
Jay Don Blake
USA
-2
70
T59
John Merrick
USA
-2
70
T59
Marc Turnesa
USA
-2
70
T59
Matthew Every
USA
-2
70
T59
Olin Browne
USA
-2
70
T59
Robert Garrigus
USA
-2
70
T59
Ryan Wenzler
USA
-2
70
T59
Seamus Power
IRL
-2
70
T59
Shaun Micheel
USA
-2
70
T59
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-2
70
T59
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
-2
70
T79
Billy Hurley III
USA
-1
71
T79
Blayne Barber
USA
-1
71
T79
Brendon Todd
USA
-1
71
T79
Brian Davis
ENG
-1
71
T79
Chris Kirk
USA
-1
71
T79
Chris Wilson
USA
-1
71
T79
Cody Gribble
USA
-1
71
T79
Heath Slocum
USA
-1
71
T79
James Hahn
USA
-1
71
T79
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
-1
71
T79
Rob Oppenheim
USA
-1
71
T79
Tim Herron
USA
-1
71
T79
Tyson Alexander
USA
-1
71
T92
Cameron Tringale
USA
Par
72
T92
Conrad Shindler
USA
Par
72
T92
Daniel Summerhays
USA
Par
72
T92
Dicky Pride
USA
Par
72
T92
George McNeill
USA
Par
72
T92
Greg Kraft
USA
Par
72
T92
Grover Justice
USA
Par
72
T92
Kevin Foley
USA
Par
72
T92
Peter Lonard
AUS
Par
72
T92
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
Par
72
T102
Andrew Yun
USA
1
73
T102
Chris Smith
USA
1
73
T102
Corey Conners
CAN
1
73
T102
Martin Flores
USA
1
73
T102
Robert Allenby
AUS
1
73
T102
Skip Kendall
USA
1
73
T102
Spencer Levin
USA
1
73
T102
Stuart Appleby
AUS
1
73
T102
Tommy Gainey
USA
1
73
T111
Chad Campbell
USA
2
74
T111
Chip McDaniel
USA
2
74
T111
Domenico Geminiani
ITA
2
74
T111
Dudley Hart
USA
2
74
T111
John Huston
USA
2
74
T111
Ken Duke
USA
2
74
T117
Brett Wetterich
USA
3
75
T117
Daniel Chopra
SWE
3
75
T117
David Hearn
CAN
3
75
T117
Guy Boros
USA
3
75
T117
Mark Wilson
USA
3
75
T117
Ted Purdy
USA
3
75
T123
Arjun Atwal
IND
4
76
T123
Jonathan Kaye
USA
4
76
T123
Len Mattiace
USA
4
76
T126
Carl Pettersson
SWE
5
77
T126
Chris Couch
USA
5
77
T126
Omar Uresti
USA
5
77
T129
Brittany Lincicome
USA
6
78
T129
Frank Lickliter
USA
6
78
T129
Steven Bowditch
AUS
6
78
132
Zecheng Dou
CHN
7
79
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Troy Merritt
USA
-10
62
T2
Andres Romero
ARG
-7
65
T2
Billy Horschel
USA
-7
65
T2
Joel Dahmen
USA
-7
65
T5
Hunter Mahan
USA
-6
66
T5
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-6
66
T5
Martin Piller
USA
-6
66
T5
Matt Atkins
USA
-6
66
T5
Richy Werenski
USA
-6
66
T5
Shawn Stefani
USA
-6
66
T5
Tom Lovelady
USA
-6
66
T5
Tyler Duncan
USA
-6
66
T13
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
-5
67
T13
Brian Gay
USA
-5
67
T13
Cameron Percy
AUS
-5
67
T13
D. J. Trahan
USA
-5
67
T13
David Lingmerth
SWE
-5
67
T13
John Peterson
USA
-5
67
T13
John VanDerLaan
USA
-5
67
T13
Jonathan Randolph
USA
-5
67
T13
Lanto Griffin
USA
-5
67
T13
Michael Thompson
USA
-5
67
T13
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
-5
67
T13
Nick Taylor
CAN
-5
67
T13
Ricky Barnes
USA
-5
67
T13
Robert Streb
USA
-5
67
T13
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-5
67
T28
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-4
68
T28
Brendon de Jonge
ZIM
-4
68
T28
Brian Stuard
USA
-4
68
T28
Charlie Wi
KOR
-4
68
T28
Davis Love III
USA
-4
68
T28
Jason Bohn
USA
-4
68
T28
Josh Teater
USA
-4
68
T28
Kyle Thompson
USA
-4
68
T28
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-4
68
T28
Sam Ryder
USA
-4
68
T28
Scott Brown
USA
-4
68
T28
Steve Wheatcroft
USA
-4
68
T28
William McGirt
USA
-4
68
T41
Adam Schenk
USA
-3
69
T41
D. A. Points
USA
-3
69
T41
Danny Lee
NZL
-3
69
T41
Duffy Waldorf
USA
-3
69
T41
J. J. Henry
USA
-3
69
T41
J. T. Poston
USA
-3
69
T41
John Oda
USA
-3
69
T41
John Rollins
USA
-3
69
T41
Johnson Wagner
USA
-3
69
T41
Michael Bradley
USA
-3
69
T41
Neal Lancaster
USA
-3
69
T41
Parker McLachlin
USA
-3
69
T41
Peter Malnati
USA
-3
69
T41
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-3
69
T41
Tim Wilkinson
NZL
-3
69
T41
Wesley Bryan
USA
-3
69
T41
William Cannon
USA
-3
69
T41
Zac Blair
USA
-3
69
T59
Cameron Beckman
USA
-2
70
T59
Charlie Beljan
USA
-2
70
T59
Cooper Musselman
USA
-2
70
T59
Davis Love IV
USA
-2
70
T59
Derek Fathauer
USA
-2
70
T59
Ethan Tracy
USA
-2
70
T59
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-2
70
T59
Frank Adams III
USA
-2
70
T59
Harris English
USA
-2
70
T59
Jay Don Blake
USA
-2
70
T59
John Merrick
USA
-2
70
T59
Marc Turnesa
USA
-2
70
T59
Matthew Every
USA
-2
70
T59
Olin Browne
USA
-2
70
T59
Robert Garrigus
USA
-2
70
T59
Ryan Wenzler
USA
-2
70
T59
Seamus Power
IRL
-2
70
T59
Shaun Micheel
USA
-2
70
T59
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-2
70
T59
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
-2
70
T79
Billy Hurley III
USA
-1
71
T79
Blayne Barber
USA
-1
71
T79
Brendon Todd
USA
-1
71
T79
Brian Davis
ENG
-1
71
T79
Chris Kirk
USA
-1
71
T79
Chris Wilson
USA
-1
71
T79
Cody Gribble
USA
-1
71
T79
Heath Slocum
USA
-1
71
T79
James Hahn
USA
-1
71
T79
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
-1
71
T79
Rob Oppenheim
USA
-1
71
T79
Tim Herron
USA
-1
71
T79
Tyson Alexander
USA
-1
71
T92
Cameron Tringale
USA
Par
72
T92
Conrad Shindler
USA
Par
72
T92
Daniel Summerhays
USA
Par
72
T92
Dicky Pride
USA
Par
72
T92
George McNeill
USA
Par
72
T92
Greg Kraft
USA
Par
72
T92
Grover Justice
USA
Par
72
T92
Kevin Foley
USA
Par
72
T92
Peter Lonard
AUS
Par
72
T92
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
Par
72
T102
Andrew Yun
USA
1
73
T102
Chris Smith
USA
1
73
T102
Corey Conners
CAN
1
73
T102
Martin Flores
USA
1
73
T102
Robert Allenby
AUS
1
73
T102
Skip Kendall
USA
1
73
T102
Spencer Levin
USA
1
73
T102
Stuart Appleby
AUS
1
73
T102
Tommy Gainey
USA
1
73
T111
Chad Campbell
USA
2
74
T111
Chip McDaniel
USA
2
74
T111
Domenico Geminiani
ITA
2
74
T111
Dudley Hart
USA
2
74
T111
John Huston
USA
2
74
T111
Ken Duke
USA
2
74
T117
Brett Wetterich
USA
3
75
T117
Daniel Chopra
SWE
3
75
T117
David Hearn
CAN
3
75
T117
Guy Boros
USA
3
75
T117
Mark Wilson
USA
3
75
T117
Ted Purdy
USA
3
75
T123
Arjun Atwal
IND
4
76
T123
Jonathan Kaye
USA
4
76
T123
Len Mattiace
USA
4
76
T126
Carl Pettersson
SWE
5
77
T126
Chris Couch
USA
5
77
T126
Omar Uresti
USA
5
77
T129
Brittany Lincicome
USA
6
78
T129
Frank Lickliter
USA
6
78
T129
Steven Bowditch
AUS
6
78
132
Zecheng Dou
CHN
7
79