RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Yani Tseng’s 109-week reign as No. 1 ended three weeks ago, but she has a chance to grab it back this week.
Tseng and Na Yeon Choi both have opportunities to wrestle the top spot away from Lewis.
“The first question I was asked when I became No. 1 was how long I was going to stay there,” Lewis said. “I can’t even think about that.
“There are so many things that I can’t control. I can’t control how Yani plays, how Inbee Park plays. If they go out and play better than me, then I lose the No. 1 ranking. If I go out there and take care of myself, I’ll be at No. 1.”
Tseng can also gain back the No. 1 ranking with solo second- or solo third-place finishes. Tseng moves to No. 1 with a solo second should Lewis finish fifth or worse. Tseng moves to No. 1 with a solo third if Lewis finishes 30th or worse.
Choi can become the eighth different player to rise to No. 1 with a victory this week if Lewis finishes fourth or worse.
It won’t come as a surprise if the year’s first major comes down to a Tseng-Lewis duel. They both have excellent histories on the Mission Hills Dinah Shore Course.
Tseng’s last three starts here look like this: 3rd, 2nd, Win.
Lewis beat Tseng in a Sunday duel at Kraft two years ago and has finished T-5 or better in three of her five starts here.