Lewis takes back No. 1 ranking; plans longer reign


Stacy Lewis took back the Rolex world No. 1 ranking Sunday in style.

She did so winning the Shoprite LPGA Classic in a six-shot runaway.

With a 4-under-par 67, Lewis prevailed at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club’s Bay Course, gaining her second LPGA victory this year and the 10th of her career.

“It feels great to get the win, that was the goal,” Lewis said.

So was getting back to No. 1. Lewis took the world No. 1 ranking from Yani Tseng more than a year ago, holding it for four weeks before Inbee Park took it from her.

“I feel like I've played a lot of good, consistent golf over the last year,” Lewis said. “I felt like I deserve to be here. I didn't feel like I stumbled into it. I just really felt like I worked hard, and I earned my spot here, and so that's what I'm proud of.”

Lewis’ ascension back to No. 1 adds to the Americans’ soaring profile this year. Her victory was the fourth consecutive for the U.S. women on the LPGA’s tour. The Americans had not won four in a row since 2004.

“I definitely want to stay there,” Lewis said of the top ranking. “I know more what to expect now.”

The Americans have won eight of the 13 LPGA events this year.

At 16-under overall, Lewis led a 1-2 American finish. Christina Kim (72) finished solo second, her best finish in four years.

Lewis joins Karrie Webb, Anna Nordqvist and Jessica Korda as the only two-time winners this year.

Lewis’ consistency, however, is separating her. She has top-10 finishes in 10 of her 12 starts this year and is, statistically, dominating the tour. She leads the tour in official money, scoring average, Rolex Player of the Year points and CME Race to the Globe points.