Stacy Lewis confirmed in a large way that she’s the best American in the game today by winning the Navistar LPGA Classic Sunday for her third tour title this year.
Lewis now has her heart set on becoming the best player in the world. She moved back to No. 2 in the Rolex world rankings with the victory, further chipping away at No. 1 Yani Tseng’s once giant lead in rankings points.
“After I won [Shoprite] in Atlantic City, I definitely blew all my goals out, that's when I became the top American [in the world rankings],” Lewis said. “I had won a couple times, and those were kind of my two main goals. Now I have my sights set on Yani. I've got the game to get there, and I just have to keep chipping away at Yani's lead. This definitely helps a lot.”
At year’s start, Tseng held a commanding lead in the world rankings with 441 more world-ranking points than No. 2 Suzann Pettersen. With Sunday’s victory, Lewis moved to within 157 points of Tseng.
Lewis’ three LPGA titles this year are the most by an American since Paula Creamer won four LPGA titles in 2008.
With Sunday’s victory, Lewis also padded her lead in a bid to become the first American to win the Rolex Player of the Year award since Beth Daniel in 1994. Lewis leads the POY points race with 184 points. Jiyai Shin is second (128) and Yani Tseng third (120). An LPGA title is worth 30 points.