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Q&A: Brittany Lincicome

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Brittany Lincicome might be the biggest bomber on the LPGA Tour, but golf comes up short compared to her true passion: fishing

September 2012

Q: How did you get into fishing, and how often do you go?
Brittany Lincicome: I grew up fishing with my mom and my brother, Bryan, and I go out at least two or three days a week when I'm home in Florida. We're all addicted. I keep saying I need a Fishers Anonymous or something that I can join, because the last few weeks I feel like I've been on the boat every day, and I've hardly practiced. It's just a fun and relaxing thing to do. I come from a very competitive family, and there's a lot of competition in fishing. I usually go out with my buddy Ryan Gildersleeve (he plays on the eGolf Professional Tour), and the goal is always to catch more and bigger fish than he does. I hate to lose.

Q: I hear you just bought a new boat?
BL: Yes, I got a 24-foot flats boat with a tower, and I asked my Twitter followers [@Brittany1golf] to help me name it. I narrowed it down to eight names and decided to go with Taking Relief. What really stinks is that I don't know who came up with that name, and if I ask, I feel like people will lie to me.

Q: You've posted some pictures of amazingly large fish you've caught.
BL: It's funny--as a kid, I was so excited to catch little turtles with pieces of bacon, but now I'm not happy if I catch anything that weighs less than a hundred pounds. We normally catch redfish, grouper, trout, flounder. But lately I've been wanting to go farther out, and a couple of days ago I caught a couple of tarpons. That's a sport fish that you can't even take out of the water, but I hope to catch a few more this weekend. When we go out for those bigger fish, we can be out there for six to eight hours. It can take two hours to reel in one fish, and then you're completely exhausted. I have bruises all over my hips from the pole. We catch a lot of fish, so I'm surprised I haven't injured myself more.

Q: How do you feel about your game right now?
BL: I'm hitting the ball really well. I just need the putting to flip a switch. It's frustrating because last year I was really consistent. This year I finish top 10, or I miss the cut. I've grown up watching girls like Annika, Lorena and Yani who were always finishing in the top 10 every week, and I have no idea what their secret is. I mean, obviously they're not fishing three or four days a week. [Laughs.] But I can't practice like Juli Inkster or Annika. I need some balance or I'd have burned out when I was 15.

Q: If you had to pick golf or fishing for the rest of your life, which would it be?
BL: Fishing, absolutely.

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