Lewis rolls to win in New Jersey, reclaims No. 1 ranking|
Galloway, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Stacy Lewis carded a 4-under 67 on Sunday
to roll to a 6-stroke victory at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Lewis collected her 10th career win on the LPGA Tour and second of the season
at 16-under-par 197. With the win, Lewis reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in the
world from Inbee Park.
Park had been the top-ranked golfer in the world for 59 weeks since replacing
Lewis last season. Lewis had the No. 1 ranking for four weeks before being
overtaken by Park.
"I said I'm tired hearing about all of the scenarios (how to take the No. 1
ranking ) and just went out there and took care of business and played some
great golf today," said Lewis. "I definitely want to stay there. I know more
what to expect now. Life is already busy, so I don't think it can get much
Christina Kim shot a 1-over 72 on the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel and
Golf Club to take second place at 10-under 203, while Anna Nordqvist (70),
Gerina Piller (70), Haeji Kang (69) and Jennifer Johnson (72) shared third at
Julieta Granada (68) finished alone in seventh place at minus-8, a shot ahead
of Park (70), Meena Lee (66), Azahara Munoz (66), Shanshan Feng (67) and
Karrie Webb (67).
Lewis entered the final round with a 1-shot lead over Kim, and rolled in
consecutive birdies at the third and fourth to move to 14-under and increase
her lead to two strokes.
Kim had also birdied the third to move to 12-under, while Johnson recorded
back-to-back gains at the third and fourth to claim a share of second place.
Kim would fall further behind with bogeys at the fifth and eighth, but bounced
back with three straight birdies from the ninth to move to 13-under.
Lewis, meanwhile, parred five straight from the fifth before also recording
birdies at the 10th and 11th to reach 16-under and open up a 3-stroke lead.
Lewis tripped to a bogey at the 12th to cut her advantage to two, but birdied
the 13th to reclaim a comfortable lead.
Kim then handed Lewis a 4-stroke cushion with a bogey at the 15th, and Lewis
traded a 3-putt bogey at the 17th with a birdie at the last to close out the
"It feels great to get the win. That was the goal and it's nice to just get it
taken care of," Lewis said.
Kim made a mess of the 18th en route to a double-bogey to finish at minus-10.
NOTES: Lewis' other win this season came at the North Texas LPGA Shootout ...
Lewis also won this tournament in 2012 ... An American has now won the last
four LPGA tournaments. It is the first time that has happened in the last 10
06/01 18:59:10 ET