Stacy Lewis regained the No. 1 ranking Sunday with her six-shot victory at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
“Tired” of hearing about all of the various scenarios and projections for world No. 1, Lewis took matters into her own hands, building on her one-shot lead with a final-round 67 at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway, N.J.
“It feels great to get the win; that was the goal and it was nice to get it taken care of,” she said. “I just went out there and took care of business.”
One shot clear of a resurgent Christina Kim, Lewis went out in 2-under 35 Sunday, then began the back nine with three birdies in a four-hole stretch. Closing her campaign in style, she stuffed a wedge shot on 18 to about 4 feet for a final birdie. It was her 10th career victory on the LPGA circuit.
With the victory, Lewis surpassed the $1 million mark in 2014 earnings. A two-time winner this season, she has finished inside the top 10 in 10 of her 12 starts.
Lewis held the No. 1 ranking for about a month last April, but Inbee Park retook the top spot – and held it for the next 59 weeks – by winning the first three majors in 2013.
“It is a little bit of a relief after having a big, heavy crown on my head,” Park said. “It’s not the end of the world. I’ll probably have an opportunity from next weekend on. I’m just trying to play good golf.”