Frustrated Lewis can still end year with big payday

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NAPLES, Fla. – After sweeping the LPGA’s three big awards at the CME Group Tour Championship last year, Stacy Lewis confessed she is frustrated not being in the middle of the battle this week.

Lewis won the Rolex Player of the Year Award, Vare Trophy for low scoring average and the money title in 2014, becoming the first American to do so in 21 years.

This year’s competition for those three awards is down to Lydia Ko and Inbee Park.

“I want to be in the conversation with those three,” Lewis said. “I want to be up there fighting back and forth with them at this time of the year. So, it's definitely frustrating. But they've had some unbelievable years, and it'll be fun. I think I get a front row seat for the first day to at least see them go back and forth a little bit. So, it should be pretty entertaining.”

Lewis will be grouped with Ko and Park in the first round at Tiburon Golf Club as the top three in CME points.

While Lewis can’t claim the awards she most covets, she is in the hunt for the CME Globe and the $1 million jackpot that goes with it. With six second-place finishes this year and three third-place finishes, Lewis would relish closing the season with her first victory of the year.

The 11-time LPGA winner said she’s learned something from all those close calls this season.

“I haven't been the best loser in the past,” Lewis said. “I hate losing. It would tend to stay with me for a long time, and over this last year, I've honestly just ... I don't know what it is. I've just been able to move on quicker, and I think that's what I've learned. You win a tournament and you move on from it really quick, because you're like, 'All right, I want to win the next week,’ and then if you finish second, you sit there and you think about it for three weeks, and then you don't play well.”

Winning is about all Lewis hasn’t done this year. She’s third in the Rolex world rankings, third in scoring, third on the money list and third in CME points.

“I've got one more week to win,” Lewis said. “I've got another chance at it.”