Lewis’s rise supplants Tseng

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Stacy Lewis hits her tee shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club on June 8, 2012 in Pittsford, New York.

June 14 2012, Ward Clayton

Stacy Lewis has become not only the top-ranked American in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, but the Texan has also become the leader in the race for the Rolex Player of the Year on the LPGA Tour.

Lewis, 27, has been on a roll recently to reach No. 1 in points on the LPGA, the first time that Yani Tseng has been fallen from the top spot since early 2011. Lewis has 123 points and Tseng 120 in the category that determines the season’s top player. Points are awarded based on top-10 finishes (30 for first, 12 for second down to one point for 10th) and doubled in the LPGA majors. The last American to win the Rolex Player of the Year honor was Beth Daniel in 1994.

“It’s nice because that’s something that I looked at last week after I won,” Lewis said last Sunday. “I think you can ask me that question in November [at the end of the season], and I might have a better answer.”

Since missing the cut at the LPGA LOTTE Championship presented by J Golf in mid-April, Lewis has recorded 11 consecutive rounds of par or better in medal-play events and has finished no worse than a tie for fifth at the Sybase Match Play Championship. That stretch includes victories in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic and ShopRite LPGA Classic, her second and third career titles. In the two majors conducted thus far in 2012, she placed in a tie for fourth at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and a tie for second at the Wegmans LPGA Championship.

“It's confidence, and I think it's walking up to the first tee and knowing that you can win a golf tournament,” Lewis said. “Before I kind of wondered – after I won the Kraft [in 2011] – if I would win again. So you think that doubt’s kind of gone, and I think I can go out there and win and shoot a good score any given day. I feel a lot more confident in myself.”

Statistically, Lewis has also risen to the top:

Category   Stat Rank
Greens in Regulation 73% 3
Putts per GIR 1.75 2
Scoring 70.54 3
Rounds Under Par  23 5
Birdies 152 2
Eagles 4 3

           

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