By Ward Clayton
Stacy Lewis' goal this season was to be more consistent. That worked and more as the 27-year-old Texan became the dominant player on the LPGA by winning the Rolex Player of the Year honor.
Lewis clinched the season-long title, which is based on points, by finishing T4 at last week's Lorena Ochoa Invitational. It was her LPGA-high 16th top-10 finish this season, including four wins. The award also made Lewis the first American to win the title since Beth Daniel in 1994.
"It's just crazy to think that there have been so many great American players and I am the one after Beth in '94," Lewis said. "It's just crazy to even think of. I mean it's an honor to win the award, and I think this will spur on with the rest of the Americans to get out and keep playing well because Solheim Cup is coming up."
Lewis is still pursuing the earnings and stroke average titles where she trails Inbee Park entering this week's finale at the CME Group Titleholders. Lewis ranks in the top five in 11 statistical categories, including first in five. She also has a long-term goal of catching Yani Tseng in the Rolex Women's World Rankings, as she has cut the deficit to 2.92 points.
Here is how Lewis ranks in various statistical categories:
|Greens in Regulation||75%||Second|
|Putts per GIR||1.75||Second|
*-Jiyai Shin is second but doesn't have enough rounds to qualify.