Women & # 039; s Open: Brittany Lincicome & # 039; s & # 039; heart breaks & # 039; not to play at Royal Troon

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Lincicome is a two-time winner of the ANA Inspiration major

American two-time big winner Brittany Lincicome says her "heart breaks" to not to play at this year's Women's Open.

Lincicome, 34, has chosen not to play at the Royal Troon event due to health and safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, formerly known as the Women's British Open will take place from August 20-23.

"I'm so stupid, my heart doesn't break to go," she told BBC World Service Sport.

"This is my 16th year on tour I think and I'm not sure if I've ever missed the British Open, which is a huge event I never want to miss."

Lincicome – who has eight wins on the LPGA Tour – has a one-year-old daughter, Emery, and says she doesn't feel safe flying internationally with her baby.

"Just not to be on the charter [flight] and having to fly commercially with all other passengers, with Emery it just didn't seem safe," she said. "I just didn't feel comfortable.

"We'll stick with domestic events in the beginning, then we'll see where we're going, but I'm so disappointed to miss that event."

The LPGA Tour will resume next week with successive events in Ohio, beginning with the new three-day Drive On Championship starting July 31, before the Marathon LPGA Classic starting August 6.

The Drive On Championship will take place at the Inverness Club, the venue for next year's Solheim Cup.

] "I think no one envisioned us here in July to really get ready for our start to the season," said Lincicome, who sustained a thumb injury for which she had surgery.

"The competition will be so new to all of us and it will be really interesting to see who can step back quickly.

"I am super excited when our Commissioner Mike Whan told us about this new event that was thrown together very quickly in Inverness, it is such a wonderful golf club and we are so lucky to be able to play there.

"It will be a great preview for us to see it a bit and feel it early, but for them to have us and organize this event together is really spectacular. "

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