LPGA : Lewis claims top ranking after win | Golf2013 | Scoop.it

Posted on Golf 365 - March 18, 2013


"Stacy Lewis won the LPGA Founders Cup by two strokes on Sunday, a result that propels her to the top of the world rankings.


The American overcame a four-shot deficit to beat Ai Miyazato to the punch thanks to a final-round eight-under par 64.


Lewis had been dealt a heavy blow after her penultimate round when she was handed a two-shot penalty after her caddie was deemed to have tested the sand in a bunker at 16 before she played from it.


This appeared to galvanise Lewis who registered nine birdies and just a single bogey on the final day.


Miyazato had looked the likely winner for most of the day, but the Japanese player produced a bogey and a double bogey on either side of a birdie at 15 as she stumbled on the final stretch.


In contrast, Lewis racked up three birdies on the trot from 15 to 17 to register a massive swing in momentum.


Lewis held firm to claim the victory and in doing so unseated Yani Tseng at the top of the world rankings, ending the South Korean's 109-week spell at the top.


"It's unbelievable," said Lewis. "We were battling back and forth, and I didn't expect her to do that there. I was just trying to make birdies there at the end.


"It was just fitting with everything that happened yesterday that I had my back against the wall again today," she added."

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