Lewis out to advance her LPGA awards campaign


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Stacy Lewis couldn’t ask for better mojo when she tees it up Friday in the start of the Mizuno Classic in Japan, as she seeks to win her fourth LPGA title this season and pad her leads in the battles for the LPGA’s most important season-long prizes.

Lewis won the Mizuno Classic two years ago, claiming her fourth LPGA title that season to top an outstanding year as she went on to become the first American in 18 years to win the Rolex Player of the Year Award.

A win this week would be Lewis’ fourth title this year and increase her lead in the Player of the Year points race with only the Lorena Ochoa Invitational and CME Group Tour Championship left to play. It would also secure her spot as No. 1 in the Race to the CME Globe before the points re-set going to the season finale and would increase her lead in official money winnings. A win also goes a long way in helping secure the Vare Trophy for low scoring average.

No American has swept POY, Vare Trophy and the LPGA money title since Betsy King in 1993.

Lewis leads those battles for the most important season-long awards with Inbee Park right on her heels.

“It’s a good spot to be in, but I’ve got Inbee chasing me and Inbee has been playing some unbelievable golf,” Lewis told reporters in Japan. “We’re 1-2 in everything. It’s been really cool how this year we’ve gone back-and-forth. I’m just happy that I’m in first in all of them instead of second.

“I’m in position. I’m in the driver’s seat to where if I take care of what I can take care of, I’ll be fine at the end of the year. But I have a feeling, with the way things have gone this year, that it will come down to Sunday at CME for everything.”