RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Stacy Lewis would love to give her mother a second chance to jump into Poppie’s Pond with a victory at the ANA Inspiration this week.
When Lewis won the year’s first major championship in 2011, her mother, Carol, injured a leg in the leap and was hospitalized. Poppie’s Pond was reconfigured and deepened a year later.
“I think she's ready to redeem herself,” Lewis said. “She’s tired of being the one that broke her foot in the pond.”
Lewis, 30, is off to a strong start this year, but her first victory of 2015 has so far eluded her. She has two second-place finishes and a third, all of which came with chances to win on Sunday. Lewis was asked if the close calls trying to get her 12th career victory have frustrated her.
“Yeah, totally,” Lewis said. “Knowing just me, and my personality, there's frustration. I felt Phoenix was tough, just because I felt like I played well enough that final round to win a golf tournament, and Hyo Joo Kim just played a little bit better.
“There's definitely frustration, but I've done so many good things that I can't be frustrated coming into this week. You know, those tournaments are done, they're over with, and it's on to the next.”
Lewis won the first of her two major championships here in 2011, outdueling Yani Tseng. Lewis has finished fifth or better in four of her seven starts in this championship.
“The mindset is good,” Lewis said. “I've been building on this tournament, really, since February. It's kind of been in the back of my mind. We've kind of been progressing with my golf swing and just working on little things every single week. I've still played some pretty good golf leading up to it. I like where my game is at, and I'll continue to kind of work on things even going into the summer. This is not the ultimate. You just keep trying to get a little bit better every day.”