Lewis back at number one with victory

Stacy Lewis has plenty to celebrate about over the next few days after returning to the rankings with victory at the LPGA ShopRite Classic.

The American carded a four-under-par 67 at Stockton Seaview Golf Club on Sunday for a total of 16-under par total of 197, finishing six strokes ahead of Christina Kim.

Victory has ensured the 29-year-old will end Inbee Park’s 59-week reign at the top of the women’s rankings after the South Korean finished nine shots off the pace and tied for ninth.

“It’s just mind-boggling really to think I have 10 wins out here,” Lewis said.

“It’s so hard to win. There (are) so many good players, and it’s so hard to win, so you never take them for granted.”

Starting the day with a one-shot lead, she made birdies at the third and fourth and then picked up a couple more shots at the 10th and 11th before a bogey at the 12th halted her run. However, she added another birdie at the 13th.

“Making those putts on 10 and 11 kind of freed things up, but then that back nine was just so back and forth,” Lewis said.

“It was just kind of wild swings of emotion, from me, from Christina.

“You know, we’d hit good shots and we would hit terrible shots. It was kind of exhausting actually coming in.”

Kim carded a one-over-par 72 on Sunday and Kang Hae-Ji (69), Anna Nordqvist (70), Gerina Piller (70) and Jennifer Johnson (72) were tied for third at nine under.