Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Lewis takes LPGA win, top ranking

Stacy Lewis closes with 8-under 64 for a two-stroke win.

Stacy Lewis closes with 8-under 64 for a two-stroke win.

PHOENIX — Stacy Lewis won the LPGA Founders Cup on Sunday to jump to No. 1 in the world, taking advantage of Ai Miyazato's collapse on the 16th hole.

A day after Lewis was penalized two strokes for her caddie's error on the short par-4, the American took a two-stroke lead with a birdie on the hole after Miyazato's double bogey following an errant approach shot that left her with an unplayable lie in a desert bush.

Coming off a win two weeks ago in Singapore, Lewis won for the seventh time on the LPGA tour to end Yani Tseng's 109-week run at No. 1.

"It's crazy," said Lewis, who was forced to wear a back brace for 18 hours a day for six years as a teen because of scoliosis. "That was my goal kind of since the middle of last year, and I really didn't think it would be possible this quick. … I'm going to have fun, I know that. I watched Yani struggle with it for too long, and I'm going to go have fun."

Lewis, 28, the tour player of the year in 2012, closed with 8-under 64 at Desert Ridge to finish with a tournament-record 23-under 265.

Miyazato (71) was second, three strokes back. The Japanese star led Lewis and Jee Young Lee by four after Lewis was penalized Saturday. The tour ruled caddie Travis Wilson tested the sand before Lewis played out of a bunker on No. 16.

"I wasn't even mad at him because he didn't do anything on purpose," Lewis said. "I just felt really bad for him just because all the stories were 'Stacy Lewis' caddie, Stacy Lewis' caddie.' The spotlight was on him, and he never wants that."

Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (74) finished at 285, tied for 61st.

Champions: David Frost won the Toshiba Classic, shooting 65 in Newport Beach, Calif., to defeat Fred Couples by five strokes and tie the tournament record of 19-under 194 set by Jay Haas in 2007.

Lewis takes LPGA win, top ranking 03/17/13 [Last modified: Sunday, March 17, 2013 10:00pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Why a true freshman quarterback doesn't kill FSU's title hopes

    College

    Florida State's James Blackman will make history Saturday when the No. 12 Seminoles host North Carolina State in their first game after Hurricane Irma.

    Florida State quarterback James Blackman warms up before a game against Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Atlanta. When Florida State's Deandre Francois, Georgia's Jacob Eason and Texas A&M's Nick Starkel all got hurt in their respective season openers, true freshmen ended up taking over the rest of the way.  (Joe Rondone/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
  2. Cue the Scott Frost to Nebraska speculation

    Blogs

    Nebraska shook up the college sports world Thursday afternoon when it fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst.

    And that should scare UCF fans.

  3. USF defense feeds on Temple offense to take NCAA interceptions lead

    College

    TAMPA — Backed up in his end zone, Temple quarterback Logan Marchi scrambled, trying to elude a USF defensive end coming straight for him. Until then, Marchi hadn't had much luck hitting his receivers.

    South Florida Bulls safety Devin Abraham (20) sacks Temple Owls quarterback Logan Marchi (12) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, September 21, 2017.
  4. No. 21 USF Bulls roll over Temple to stay undefeated

    College

    TAMPA — They emerged from Raymond James Stadium's southwest tunnel on the 11-month anniversary of their public humiliation at Temple.

    Bulls tailback Darius Tice, who rushes for 117 yards, is elated by his 47-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter for a 10-0 lead.
  5. Fennelly: USF thrashes Temple to stay unbeaten; too bad not many saw it in person

    College

    TAMPA

    No. 21 USF ran its record to 4-0 Thursday night with some payback against Temple, a 43-7 trouncing, no contest, as if anyone cares, at least judging by the paltry crowd at Raymond James Stadium. Where was everybody?

    Bulls cornerback Deatrick Nichols (3) celebrates with teammates after making a defensive play during the first half.