Lewis ascends to world No. 1 with victory at LPGA Classic

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lewiswins Photo courtesy of ShopRite LPGA Classic Stacy Lewis regained the world No. 1 ranking by running away with the ShopRite LPGA Classic Sunday at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway.

Lewis shot a a 67 that took her to 12 under par for the week, holding off Christina Kim at minus-10 and a quartet of players at -9. Her second Classic win in three years allowed her to regain the world No. 1 ranking that had been held by Inbee Park for 59 straight weeks.

Lewis, 29, a native of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., who now lives in Texas, finished at 16-under 197 on Seaview's Bay Course and earned $225,000 for her second victory of the year and 10th overall.

After her round she spoke of the nostalgia of winning for the second time at Stockton Seaview: "I don't know what it is about this place," she said. "It's just really special to me. I've played some really good golf here."

Lewis also spoke of the massive galleries that followed her all week in Galloway. "It's unbelievable the amount of people we get out at this tournament. You finish there at 18 and you're just absolutely mobbed all the way through there. There's really no escape. So it's just cool to see all the people that come out and to me it feels like it's growing every year."

Lewis finished a stroke off the tournament scoring record set by Annika Sorenstam in 1998 and 2005. She opened with a 67 on Friday and had a 63 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Christina Kim heading into the final round.

She joined Sorenstam (1998, 2002, 2005), Juli Inkster (1986, 1988) and Betsy King (1987, 1995, 2001) as the only multiple winners in the tournament.


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