Lincicome hit a hybrid club to within 4 feet of the cup on the final hole Sunday and knocked in the putt for eagle and the victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She beat runners-up Cristie Kerr and Kristy McPherson by one stroke to claim her first LPGA major title.
The win moved her from 86th to No. 22 in women's world rankings released Monday. Kerr moved up one spot to sixth and McPherson, Lincicome's best friend, made a big move, improving 29 places to 32nd in the world.
Lorena Ochoa tied for 12th at the Nabisco but still has a strong hold on the No. 1 ranking. Yani Tseng remained solidly in the No. 2 spot while third-rated Jiyai Shin, No. 4 Paula Creamer and fifth-ranked Suzann Pettersen all kept their places from the previous ranking.
After Kerr is Angela Stanford, who dropped from sixth to seventh. Karrie Webb retained the No. 8 ranking while Helen Alfredsson is ninth and Lee Seon-hwa remained 10th.
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