No. 1 Lewis faces major test of patience at Evian


Stacy Lewis has done everything but win a major since taking back the mantle as the Rolex world No. 1.

She’s aiming to add that at this week’s Evian Championship, where the Evian Golf Resort’s design on the side of a mountain can present formidable challenges to her patience. It’s a course that can offer some funny bounces and awkward side-hill lies, exacerbated a year ago by the fact that it wasn’t really up to major championship conditions in its debut as a major.

Lewis, a two-time major championship winner, took back the No. 1 ranking from Inbee Park on June 2. Lewis reigned at No. 1 for four weeks in her first run in 2013. She’s in her 14th week in this second run, but she really wants to put her mark on this year with a major. She finished third at the Kraft Nabisco in April, second at the U.S. Women’s Open in June, tied for 12th at the Ricoh Women’s British Open in July and tied for sixth at the Wegmans LPGA Championship last month. She’s in the running to win the new Rolex Annika Major Award if she wins this week.

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“The big thing that sticks out to me is I didn't win one,” Lewis told reporters in France Wednesday at her pre-championship news conference. “But that's just me. I'm here to win them.”

Evian Resort Golf Club got an $8 million overhaul before its debut as a major last year, with some of the quirky elements of the course softened. Conditions were an issue last year, with so much of the course marked as ground under repair.  Lewis finished second at Evian in 2011 and second again in 2012 before tying for sixth last year.

“It’s a major championship, so everybody is excited about that,” Lewis said. “It's another opportunity to win one, which is always a good thing. The golf course, it's better. It's obviously not as wet, which is good. Greens are rolling a lot better. This golf course is just, it's a challenge. It’s a bit frustrating at times. It tests your patience, and that's the big thing for me this week, is the patience level, and just not letting a bad bounce get to me.”

Lewis leads the Rolex Player of the Year points race, the money list and the battle for the Vare Trophy for low scoring average. No American has swept all three honors since Betsy King in 1993.