INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Brittany Lang has never felt better.
The hormones that had Lang doubled over with nausea early in her pregnancy, now have her feeling fantastic as she winds into her final trimester. Thursday, Lang opened with a 4-under, 68 at the Indy Women in Tech Championship to match her low round of the season.
“I feel my best. I feel fantastic,” Lang told LPGA.com. “I’m just big.”
In January, the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open champion is due to give birth to her first child, a daughter. Lang is one of nearly a dozen new moms who have contributed to the baby boom on the LPGA Tour, but one of the few to play so late into her pregnancy. Lang will play her final event at next week’s Volunteers of America Classic in her home state of Texas. Fellow LPGA players Morgan Pressel and new mom, Gerina Piller, will host a baby shower for Lang on Monday.
“I’m ready, it’s hard to move,” Lang said about calling it quits for the year. “I just feel very uncomfortable. Everything is so tight and if I’m really stiff. It takes forever to warm up, so long to loosen up. I feel like I can’t finish my swing.”
Beyond narrowing her stance to help her get through the ball a little better, Lang hasn’t made any major adjustments to work around her growing belly. She says she hasn’t lost much distance despite her weakening core muscles, a common complaint among pregnant players on Tour, and believes the added weight has actually helped her short game.
“My putting is the best it’s ever been,” Lang said. “I’m just very uncomfortable. When you have days like this, it’s so nice.”
Brittany and her husband, Kevin Spann, endured a four-year struggle to conceive, which gave the couple plenty of time to consider baby names. In January, they plan to name their daughter Shay, the name they waited years to give to her.
Lang say she’s never felt better, but in four months she’ll learn how it feels to become a mom.
And that feeling?
There’s nothing better.