Lewis returns to action with clear head at Safeway

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Stacy Lewis is rested and back in action this week after withdrawing from an LPGA event for the first time in her career.

With Rolex world No. 1 Inbee Park pulling out of the Safeway Classic in Portland with flu-like symptoms, Lewis will be the highest ranked player in the field when play begins Thursday. Lewis is No. 2 in the world.

Lewis withdrew after posting a 4-over-par 74 in the first round of the CN Canadian Women’s Open last week, basically saying she was exhausted and run down after emotional weeks winning the Ricoh Women’s British Open and then joining the American team in that loss at the Solheim Cup.

“Everything from the British until Solheim Cup hit me last week,” Lewis said in her pre-tournament news conference Wednesday in Portland. “I was tired, but I didn't expect to feel the way I did on the golf course. I was out there, I overshot, and I completely forgot what shot I was hitting, how far I was, that's not like me at all.

“I needed to clear my head, kind of take in what really happened over the last three weeks and allow my body to rest. I didn’t touch a golf club until Monday. So, I needed to put the clubs away and just relax a little bit.”

Lewis stayed in Canada after withdrawing from last week’s event. She went hiking. She went to a spa. She turned off her phone.

“It was probably the best thing I could have done,” Lewis said. “I see people this week, and they are like, `Man, you look a lot better.'”

Lewis is going for her fourth LPGA title of the year this week, her eighth in the last 16 months.