HARRISON, N.Y. -- On the LPGA Tour, Brittany Lincicome's nickname is "Bam Bam" because she can smash her driver. She just crushes it.
So, when she saw that Westchester Country Club features five par 5s this week, Lincicome was licking her chops.
"See my eyes light up," said Lincicome, who already won the first LPGA major of the year at the ANA Inspiration in April. "I'm super excited. The first couple days, Monday, I had only played nine holes and I'm like, 'wow, am I missing something?' And then two of them are reachable -- actually all three of them were reachable today. So that makes it even more exciting. All you focus on is getting it in play and then you go from there. So any time the par 5s are reachable, your scorecard kind of goes from normally 72 to kind of 68 and, this week it might even go one lower. But being a major obviously there's going to be a couple bogeys out there that are going to happen; it's inevitable. A couple under par each day would probably be really good."
In Thursday's first round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, Lincicome played the five par 5s in 3-under par with one bogey, an eagle, two birdies and a par on her way to a 3-under 70.
The eagle at the par-5 15th hole was the highlight of the round, followed by a birdie on the difficult par-3 16th moments later.
Lincicome hit a 4-iron from 203 yards out into the 15th green, which left a speedy, downhiller for eagle.
"The putt, actually, if it wouldn't have hit the hole, I think it would have gone off the green," she said. "Jeff (her caddie) asked if I had dented the cup at all, if I needed to replace the cup because it was going in with some speed. The next hole, my birdie putt was three, four feet and if I would have missed it I wouldn't even have cared because that hole I literally just tried to make par on every day and just keep moving, because I think that's one of the toughest par 3s that we've ever played just because it's so far and the green is so small. I got really lucky there."
Lincicome was paired with Cristie Kerr and Jessica Korda in Round 1 and all three players were solid. Kerr and Korda also opened with 70.
Lincicome and Korda were especially impressive, as both players played their final nine holes in 4-under par after making the turn at 1 over.
"We both (Lincicome and Korda) birdied 9 and going to 10 and said: 'Let's do a $5 birdie game to get us motivated to shoot better,'" Lincicome said. "She birdied the last so we were tied unfortunately or I was going to be up $5. Just the small things. We just kind of needed something to kind of motivate us to get back in it. We weren't out of it by any means, but obviously being a major, you never know if you're going to birdie that many holes coming in. If you're already over par, it's hard to get it back. It was just fun. Kerr and Korda, it was a great group all around. We had a really good day."
Was Kerr in on that game?
"We didn't let Kerr in because she was already making too many birdies," Lincicome joked. "She doesn't need any motivation. She's going to walk it in and make her birdies."