RIO DE JANEIRO – Stacy Lewis always knew that this summer stretch was going to be an absolute grind.
The former world No. 1 played six events in a row, with two majors in that stretch, ending with the Women’s British Open two weeks ago.
During the first off week she got married. The second week she enjoyed time with her new husband. Now she’s at the Olympics where she’s only a shot off the lead heading into the third round.
Lewis always had a plan for how she was going to get through it all.
“I’ve gotten into the mode where I worry about today and then tonight, I’m going to worry about tomorrow and the next day I’m going to worry about the next day,” Lewis said after shooting a second-round 63. “That really helped me get through that stretch, because I got to a point two weeks into that six-week stretch where I was like, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to do this.’”
To her credit, Lewis, who had many sponsor days and a trip to the White House included in the span, has found a way to look at the schedule as a positive.
“I see it as an opportunity,” she said. “It’s an opportunity that if you start playing some good golf, you can get on a run there and win a lot of tournaments.”
Lewis hasn’t won a tournament in more than two years, but she has 11 runner-up finishes since her last victory in 2014 and hasn’t finished worse than seventh in her last four events.