Stacy Lewis became the fourth player in LPGA history to record her first career LPGA win at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, outdueling Rolex Rankings No. 1 and defending champion Yani Tseng to take a three-shot victory in the LPGA’s first major of the 2011 season. Lewis, 26, fired a 3-under 69 in the final round to become a Rolex First-Time Winner. She celebrated by taking the ceremonial leap into Poppie’s Pond with her caddy, Travis Wilson, her mother, Carol, her father, Dale, and her sister Janet. Lewis joined the group of Helen Alfredsson (1993), Nancy Bowen (1995) and Morgan Pressel (2007), who all tallied their first win at the Kraft Nabisco.
Lewis entered the day sitting two shots back of Tseng and it was a tightly contested back-and-forth battle between the two of them throughout the day. Lewis and Tseng exchanged birdies on hole No. 2 and then weren’t separated by more than a shot on the front nine following Lewis’ birdie on No. 3. Lewis took over the lead at the ninth hole when she birdied the par-5 and Tseng bogeyed it. It was a lead she wouldn’t relinquish.