Stacy Lewis has put together a steady 2021 season on the LPGA Tour, making 10 cuts in 11 starts with a pair of top-10 finishes. That includes a season-best result of a tie for seventh at the Kia Classic. But for the four-time Solheim Cup Team USA member, missing the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship cut was not an excuse to avoid working the weekend.
“My drive [is what I rely on]. I was talking to my husband [Gerrod] on Friday night and I think he thought I needed a pep talk. I was like, ‘No, I’m mad. I don’t need a pep talk,’” said Lewis, a 13-time LPGA Tour winner. “I was back out there [at Atlanta Athletic Club] on Saturday working on it. That’s just who I am.
“I’m not going to quit or feel bad for myself because I miss a cut. That’s when you go back to work and figure out what you did wrong.” With a veteran like Lewis, the wrong isn’t always bad. In fact, it could be close to good.
“I wasn’t as far off as I thought,” Lewis said. “It was setup related, so fixed a couple things in setup and then the grip. It was kind of a chain of things that were wrong. The last thing was getting my body to move around versus sliding forward.
“I had been putting and chipping really good up until last week, so I think I have been getting away with the golf swing. Putts just didn’t go in. It’s also that I can’t take a weekend off. That’s just not me.”
The 2014 Volunteers of America Classic champion heads off No. 10 tee on Thursday at 8:37 a.m. CT with Rolex Rankings No. 4 Sei Young Kim and 2019 winner Cheyenne Knight.