Sunday, March 17, 2013

Stacy Lewis Moves to #1 in the World.

A year ago at this time Yani Tseng's lead as the world's #1 player was so large, it appeared it would be a number of years before anyone could possibly catch her. No one could possibly have predicted she would lose it this quickly. Not that Yani didn't have a great run. She did spend 109 weeks at the top, but her inability to find the winner's circle while Stacy has won 6 more times, has led to an unlikely turnaround.

It certainly didn't appear like it was going to happen this week. Especially after she was assessed a two stroke penalty following the third round, when her caddy Travis, made an illegal move while in the bunker on the 16th hole. Instead of entering the final round 2 shots back, Stacy would be 4 shots back.

Stacy kept close most of the final round, but couldn't get closer to the lead than one shot as they went to the 16th hole. Ai had many birdie opportunities throughout the day, but couldn't seem to get them to fall.
Then disaster struck for Ai Miyazato. With only a pitching wedge to the 16th green, she missed right and her ball rolled down into the desert to an unplayable lie. After taking a drop, and a penalty stroke, she hit her 4th shot across the green and two putted for a 6. Stacy would then drop a 15 foot put, to pretty much close the deal. She would then birdie the 17th hole, a stretch of 4 birdies in 5 holes, and go on to win by a comfortable 3 stroke margin.

Stacy Lewis, who won the player of the year last year, has now won the last 2 tournaments. She clearly has become the world's best player.

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