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Victoria "not long enough" for big hitting Lincicome

THE "Aussie great outdoors" theme has kept American Brittany Lincicome coming back to the Women's Australian Open year after year.

THE "Aussie great outdoors" theme has kept American Brittany Lincicome coming back to the Women's Australian Open year after year, providing a welcomed distraction from weeks like this one that she'd rather forget.

The 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship winner had four disappointing rounds at Victoria Golf Club, finishing at one-over par after rounds of 71-71-74-73.

The world number 46, dubbed "Bam Bam" for her length off the tee, said she "drove it too long" to have any hope of contending. 

"The golf course really didn't set up super well for me; I was too long," she told Golf Link after the round.

"I hit no more than three drivers each day. Especially the first couple of holes were difficult for me because they'd narrow up around the 280 (yard) mark where I'm gonna hit it. This golf course probably wasn't long enough for me."

The 28-year-old was disappointed not to repeat her efforts of of 2012, when she lost a six-person playoff to compatriot Jessica Korda.

"Losing in the playoff was exciting, especially with six people, it means you're playing well. But I just wasn't there this week," she said.

But Lincicome, a self-confessed "outdoors nut" who has a passion for fishing, said her best memory of Australia was going to the National Zoo and Aquariam in Canberra during last year's open.

"I love it more when there's kangaroos hopping around," she said with a laugh.

"In Canberra last year they took me to the zoo, which was really exciting, so I would love to go back places like that. Every golf course is just another course for me, but I love doing that fun things outside of the tournament."

After a top 10 at the Women's US Open last year, the Florida native said she wanted to get back to the winner's circle on the LPGA Tour and in the majors.

And she's on track for that goal after a tie for 13th at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic last month.

"That would be nice (a major victory) or even any win at this point would be phenomenal, but if it's a major that would be a bonus," she said.

"I want play the majors better this year. Top 10s are really good played but I want that win. I've started well at the Bahamas and my first six rounds of 2014 were under par, so hopefully I can keep that up."

 

Evin Priest