Stacy Lewis Climbs To Word No.1
Stacy Lewis jumped from third to first in the world rankings, ending Yani Tseng's 109-week run at No. 1 with a comeback victory Sunday in the LPGA Founders Cup.
Lewis not only overcame runner up Ai Miyazato’s four shot lead going into the final day - after receiving a two shot penalty when it was determined that her caddie, Travis Wilson, had violated rule 13-4 by moving sand in a bunker on the 16th hole – she’s also battled back from a debilitating childhood injury.
The Texan was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 11 and had to wear a corrective back brace for 18 hours a day. When the brace failed to fix the curvature in her spine she had surgery to insert a rod and five screws in her back. Looking back at her troubled teen years Lewis said,
“Yeah, it's almost 10 years ago I was having surgery, I was going into surgery to put a rod and five screws in my back”. “That was just 10 years ago. That's not normal, that's not supposed to happen.” “People with metal in their back, how do you play golf?” she added.
While the 2013 LPGA Tour season is still young, Lewis plans to cherish her newly acquired Rolex Rankings No. 1 status for as long as it lasts. “I'm having a blast on the golf course, and to be No. 1 in the world, it's what everybody out here on Tour is working for and to be that person is, I mean, I really don't even know what to say.”
Lewis becomes only the seventh player to hold the coveted top spot in the Rolex Rankings alongside Yani Tseng, Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Jiyai Shin, Ai Miyazato and Cristie Kerr.