Park, Lewis forming a healthy rivalry


EVIAN LES-BAINS, France – Rolex world No. 1 Inbee Park is trying to become the first man or woman to win four professional majors in a single season at the Evian Championship this week.

World No. 2 Stacy Lewis is looking to become the first American since Juli Inkster in 1999 to win back-to-back majors.

The dynamic duo are becoming the game’s chief rivals having combined to win 15 times in the last two seasons.

“Since last year, I’ve always watched Stacy’s score after I finish my round,” Park said. “She's been somebody that I have always thought has the game to be No. 1. She is good ball striker. I really try to learn from her, what she is doing good at. I think she is such a nice person outside the golf course, too. I think having somebody like that definitely helps your game to improve.”

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Lewis confided she also keeps a close eye on Park.

“I watched Yani [Tseng] a lot when she was in her run,” Lewis said. “We seemed to play a lot together, so I learned a lot playing with Yani and kind of watched what she was doing. Now, you're kind of doing the same with Inbee. We're making each other better. We're pushing each other to work harder. I think it's great for both of us.

“I've had different people throughout my career that that have made me better. As players, that's what we're always trying to do. I'm trying to hang with Inbee. I have got to win two majors to keep up with her.

“I do watch her scores. I watch what she's doing. I watch how she is preparing. I think you can learn a lot by watching people when they are playing their best.”