Lewis upbeat about Wie rivalry

World number one Stacy Lewis insisted that her rivalry with fellow American Michelle Wie is good for the game of golf.

The pair resumed their battle at the Women’s British Open on Thursday where Britain will be represented by 18-year-old Charley Hull, Dame Laura Davies and Catriona Matthew, among others.

“I think rivalries are great for any sport and Michelle definitely moves the needle,” Lewis said before play started.

“I think her playing good golf is good for golf. It’s good for the Tour and it’s good for the other players.”

Wie won her first major last month when she played so brilliantly at the US Open at Pinehurst.

This means that Lewis is still one major clear of her rival following her British Open success last year which complemented the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship victory so well.

“I don’t think you’ll find a rivalry where we hate each other or anything like that because I want her to do well and I think she wants me to do well,” Wie said.

“But I think it’s fun because we definitely want to beat each other.”