SAN DIEGO -- Brittany Lincicome of Florida, has secured a position in the Samsung World Championship after claiming the title at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The Kraft Nabisco Championship is the first major of the LPGA season and subsequently the first qualifying tournament for the Samsung World Championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.
"It's a dream come true. I didn't realize winning here would get me so much. Samsung does a phenomenal job and everything about that golf tournament is A-plus. It's a dream to actually be going back to it," said Lincicome, who eagled the 72nd hole of the Kraft Nabisco Championship to win her first major championship by one stroke over Kristy McPherson and Cristie Kerr.
Celebrating its 29th year in 2009, the Samsung World Championship is a 72-hole, stroke-play tournament featuring an elite 20-player field that includes the winners of the season's four LPGA majors - the Kraft Nabisco Championship, McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola, the U.S. Women's Open, and the RICOH Women's British Open. The field also includes the previous year's Vare Trophy winner, the LPGA Tour's current money list leader and the Samsung World Championship defending champion. A berth in the field is also awarded by the Championship selection committee to the leading player from the Ladies European Tour (LET), other leading money winners from the LPGA Tour's current year, as well as one sponsor invitation.
Lincicome joins Paula Creamer and Lorena Ochoa both of whom have already qualified to play in the Samsung World Championship. Creamer earned her spot as the defending champion, while Ochoa qualified as the 2008 Vare Trophy winner.
For information on the Samsung World Championship call the tournament office at (858) 350-5500.