All things being equal, nobody in the world is playing better golf than American Stacy Lewis. Lewis scored her seventh career title two weeks ago in the Republic Of Singapore. She followed that up this weekend with her eighth pro title at The Founders Cup in Phoenix. With that win on Sunday, Lewis advanced to Number One in the world.
Lewis claimed the distinction of Number One in the world on the strength of six victories in only her last twenty-three LPGA events. The American, originally from Toledo, Ohio had four LPGA victories last year earning Tour Player Of The Year honors for 2012.
Lewis closed Yani Tseng’s dominant reign of Number One in The World which lasted a little over two full years. Lewis along with Cristie Kerr are the only Americans to claim the LPGA’s top ranking since its’ inception in 2006. Kerr held the honor for a total of five weeks over three separate ranking periods back in 2010.
The rise to the top for Lewis is very inspirational. She was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 11 but was nothing but optimistic and positive energy yesterday.
“I’m having a blast on the golf course,” Lewis said. “To be No. 1 in the world, it’s what everybody out here on tour is working for.”
“I couldn’t have dreamed the kid growing up wearing a back brace 18 hours a day is the No. 1 player in the world,” said Lewis who is 28.
The ten year sentence of wearing a back brace proved to be less than effective. That course of treatment was unable to improve the curvature in her spinal column. She required surgery to insert a metal rod and five screws in her back.
“That was only 10 years ago,” Lewis explained. “That’s not normal, that’s not supposed to happen. I mean, I’m not, I’m really not supposed to be here. People with metal in their back, how do you play golf? I don’t know. I don’t know how. I don’t know why I’m here.”
Congratulations Stacey Lewis! Well done!
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