Golf Odds: LPGA Star Lincicome in PGA Tour Barbasol Championship

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 7:06 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 17, 2018 7:06 PM UTC

Obviously, all eyes in the golf world this week are on the British Open in Scotland, but the opposite-field Barbasol Championship in Kentucky has an interesting twist.

<p>Of course, all of the big names from the PGA Tour are over at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland this week for the 147<sup>th</sup> British Open, the oldest major championship in golf. For the other three major tournaments, the PGA Tour doesn’t offer opposite-field events because those three majors – the Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship – are all held in the USA and obviously filled by largely PGA Tour guys so there’s no need to have a second event.</p><p>However, it makes sense for the British Open because that tournament takes a ton of European Tour guys as well so the field for PGA Tour players is rather limited. In 2015, the Barbasol Championship opposite the British Open was created for guys not lucky enough to qualify to head overseas.</p><p>The <a href=";book=Intertops" rel="nofollow">Intertops favorites</a> for the 2018 Barbasol Championship are Chris Kirk and former FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel each at +1200. And we’ll get to them in moment, but the big story line this week at Keene Trace Golf Club outside Lexington, Kentucky, is that LPGA star Brittany Lincicome is playing on a sponsor exemption. She’s a +50000 long shot at <a href=";book=Intertops" rel="nofollow">Intertops.</a></p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;8-time &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@LPGA&lt;/a&gt; winner &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@Brittany1Golf&lt;/a&gt; chats with the media &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@BarbasolChampKy&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 17, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>Look, Lincicome obviously isn’t going to win this event – boy, would that steal the thunder from the British Open, though – but simply making the cut would be quite an accomplishment. She’s the sixth woman to play an PGA Tour event all-time, joining Michelle Wie, Suzy Whaley, Annika Sorenstam, Shirley Spork and Babe Zaharias, who made two cuts in the seven events she played in 1945. Zaharias and Whaley were the only two who earned their spots by qualifying.</p><p>Lincicome is an eight-time LPGA champion and one of the big hitters on that Tour in averaging 269.52 yards off the tee (her husband is also a former long-drive champion). That’s a nice number, but the site lists the Top 201 guys in driving distance among the men and last on that list is Brian Stuard at 278.2 yards. No. 1 is Trey Mullinax at 319.7. Lincicome just finished runner-up last week at the LPGA Tour’s Marathon Classic and won back in January in the Bahamas LPGA Classic (the Barbasol’s sister event). She’s +10000 at <a href=";book=Intertops" rel="nofollow">Intertops</a> to finish anywhere in the Top 3.</p><p>This is the first year the event is being held in Kentucky as the first three it was held at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail near Auburn, Alabama. Opposite-field events don’t give out the same number of FedEx Cup or world rankings points and no automatic entry into the Masters, but the winner does get a two-year exemption and a spot in the PGA Championship. The first three winners of this tournament were Grayson Murray (2017), Aussie Aaron Baddeley (2016) and Scott Piercy (2015).</p><p>Kirk is having a solid season with eight Top 25s and four Top 10s in 22 tournaments. He was T6 last month in Memphis at the St. Jude Classic and played last week at the John Deere and was T23. His last win was in 2015 at Colonial.</p><p>The other<a href=";book=Intertops" rel="nofollow"> Intertops favorite, </a>Horschel, was the 2014 FedEx Cup champion, also winning the Tour Championship to close that season. His last individual stroke play win was the 2017 Byron Nelson, although he won the two-man New Orleans team event earlier this year. Horschel has seven missed cuts in 18 events this season.</p><p>The only other golfer below +2500 on the <a href=";book=Intertops" rel="nofollow">Intertops golf board </a>is Joel Dahmen at +1600. The 30-year-old has yet to win on the PGA Tour but comes in off a tie for fifth at the Greenbrier and a tie for second last week at the John Deere.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href=";book=in-article-intertops">Intertops Sportsbook Sign-Up Special: 100% up to $1000 Bonus</a></h2>
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