It had been so long that Brittany Lincicome didn't quite know what to think about her spot atop the LPGA Championship leader board. She opened a three-shot lead Friday at the LPGA Tour's fourth major of the season.
"It's been incredible," Lincicome said. "I haven't been here in awhile."
She followed her opening 67 with a 68 to reach 9-under 135 at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, New York, as she chases her first title since 2011. She won the 2009 Kraft Nabisco for her lone major title.
Lexi Thompson and defending champion Inbee Park of South Korea shared second. Thompson had a 72, and Park shot 66.
That gave the United States two players at the top with three straight major titles already on the trophy shelf. Thompson won the Kraft Nabisco, Michelle Wie took the U.S. Women's Open, and Mo Martin captured the Women's British Open. A fifth major, the Evian Championship, was added last year. Wie, though, isn't here because of an injured right index finger, while Martin (70) was at 142.
Pleasanton native Paula Creamer missed the cut after longtime caddie Colin Cann was hospitalized because of back spasms. It snapped a streak of 39 consecutive made cuts at majors for Creamer, who shot 5-over 77 for a 6-over 150.
"Probably the hardest thing I've had to do in a long time is come out here without him," Creamer said. "I'm not physically hurt, but my brain. ... He's my brother. We've been together 10 years."
PGA: Heath Slocum and Scott Langley shot 5-under 65s for the second straight day to share the Wyndham Championship lead at 10-under 130 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Brian Stuard (65), Nick Watney (64), Martin Laird (66) and Andrew Svoboda (64) were a shot back. The top 125 on the points list qualify for the first round of the FedEx Cup playoffs at The Barclays. Langley is No. 81, and his spot next week is safe. Slocum is No. 158.
Champions: John Cook birdied 17 and 18 for a 7-under 65 and a share of the lead with Olin Browne at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, New York. Bart Bryant, Steve Lowery and David Frost shot 66s at the En-Joie course.