Lincicome shoots 71 but misses cut

Brittany Lincicome

Brittany Lincicome

Troy Merritt and Billy Horschel seized on the tight window of favourable weather to post impressive rounds before the sky eventually turned nasty.

"This is obviously a much bigger stage or different stage than I'm used to", said the sixth woman to compete against the men - and the first since Michelle Wie in 2008.

Four players are tied for top spot at the Barbasol Championship - after Brittany Lincicome missed the cut.

Robert Streb, six-time PGA Tour victor Hunter Mahan, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt shared the lead at 18 under after a busy day in which much of the field had to complete the rain-delayed first round before starting the second.

"I felt a lot calmer today", said Lincicome, who never teed off on Friday as electrical storms disrupted play and wreaked havoc on an already soaked Keene Trace Golf Club course in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Brittany Lincicome's chances of becoming the second woman to make the cut in a men's event looked slim after she carded a six-over-par 78 in the opening round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship in Kentucky on Thursday.

Beating the elements added urgency to their goals of playing well. "I guess I want to catch Moby Dick", she said. Six-time PGA Tour victor Hunter Mahan was among a trio of player at 10 under.

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Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C., was the lone Canadian to complete his second round, posting a 1-under 71 to put him in a tie for 21st at 6 under. He sits at 4 under for the tournament.

As those players rest and wait to see how the field comes together on Saturday - or if, considering more storms are forecast - Lincicome's longshot quest to make the cut will draw the most attention.

She admitted to being a bundle of nerves Thursday, which led to a triple bogey at No. 7 and a double bogey at No. 18. Lovelady had an eagle and six birdies - including four in a row on the back nine - in his seven-under effort.

"With a major coming up, hopefully that first tee shot I won't be as nervous".

"It was cool just to be inside the ropes with the guys", she said.

"Literally two bad holes and, if I can do better on those two holes tomorrow, we'll be pretty good", said Lincicome.

Merritt continued setting a good example to follow despite a slightly softer course. "I was hitting the driver well. But I hit a lot of greens again". That included a 15-footer on the 181-yard, par-3 18th. "I thought it was going to spin back a little bit on me". "Obviously the scores were very low, so everybody is making a bunch of birdies, and I was just trying to keep up and have a chance (Sunday)".

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