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Lewis gets head start on Pettersen, Park in Bahamas

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Stacy Lewis will get a head start on her “Big Three” compatriots at this week’s Pure Silk LPGA Bahamas Classic.

Rolex world No. 1 Inbee Park and No. 2 Suzann Pettersen aren’t playing the tour’s season opener. No. 3 Lewis will tee it up at the Ocean Club Golf Course after finishing last year with 11 consecutive top-10 finishes, including her second major championship, the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

While Lewis is eager to begin the new season, she’s also eager to play when Park and Pettersen are in the field.

“Last year was a lot of fun,” said Lewis, who won the LPGA’s Vare Trophy for low scoring average. “I want to play them when they're playing their best, because that's going to make me better, too.

“It's been great for the game, and great for the tour, to have three players kind of jockey back and forth, but we're also from all over the world, and that just shows what our tour is and what we're doing.”

Lewis expects the Big Three to be challenged.

“I think we've got some young players coming up, and I think the big three could maybe get shuffled around, or could be adding more players this year. I don't think I've seen a year, in recent years, where the tour has so much momentum and so many story lines headed into a year. I'm excited about this year and for the tour in general.”