US golfer Lincicome to take on men in Hooters Tour

Updated: Jan 08, 2011, 09:50 AM IST

Orlando: American pro golfer Brittany Lincicome is kicking off another round in golf’s battle of the sexes as she plans to tee off against the men at a Hooters Tour tournament in Florida.

Three-time LPGA Tour winner Lincicome will compete against a field of men at a NGA Hooters Tour event next week at the Deer Island Golf Club.

This is the first time Lincicome has entered her name in a Hooters Tour event.

Lincicome says she has a modest goal in her first tournament against the men.

“A small goal would be to make the cut,” said Lincicome. “After I get over my nerves, I just want to have some fun, play one hole at a time and see what happens.”

Lincicome is considered one of the longest hitters on the LPGA Tour.

In 2003, Annika Sorenstam competed in the Colonial Tournament, becoming the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event since Babe Zaharias, who qualified for the 1945 Los Angeles Open.

Sweden’s Sorenstam shot a five over par, tying for 96th out of the 111 and missed the cut.

Early in her career, American Michelle Wie delayed her decision to officially join the women’s tour saying she hadn’t decided whether to play on the womens or the men’s PGA Tour full-time.

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