Is Stacy Lewis the best American Player in the women’s game?
The Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings say she is not quite there yet, but she is awfully close.
Being top American, Lewis said, is an honor she earnestly seeks.
When the Rolex rankings made their debut in February of 2006, Paula Creamer was the highest-ranked American at No. 2 in the world behind Annika Sorenstam. Cristie Kerr took that top American spot away later in the year, and Kerr has pretty much ruled as the top-ranked American since with Creamer bumping her for spells. Kerr is the only American to ever hold the No. 1 ranking, claiming it for five weeks in 2010.
With last week's victory at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, Lewis jumped to No. 6 in the Rolex rankings, just one spot from overtaking Kerr as the top American.
“That was one of my goals coming into the year,” Lewis told GolfChannel.com. “I’m getting there. I knew I really needed a win to kind of leapfrog some people and get up there. I’m on track right now. I just need to keep playing good golf.”
Lewis said being top American moves her close to the real prize in the world rankings.
“The ultimate goal is chasing down Yani,” Lewis said. “That’s a long-range goal. It’s going to be tough.”
Tseng, atop the world rankings the last 64 weeks, has built a giant lead in points. Lewis defeated Tseng head-to-head in a final-round pairing at the Kraft Nabisco last year for Lewis' first victory.
Here are the top 10 Americans based on the Rolex rankings:
1. Cristie Kerr (No. 5)
2. Stacy Lewis (No. 6)
3. Paula Creamer (No. 10)
4. Brittany Lincicome (No. 11)
5. Angela Stanford (No. 15)
6. Morgan Pressel (No. 23)
7. Lexi Thompson (No. 24)
8. Michelle Wie (No. 25)
9. Brittany Lang (No. 34)
10. Juli Inkster (No. 59)