LPGA ShopRite Classic: Stacy Lewis wins to top world rankings
Last Updated: 02/06/14 8:12am
American Stacy Lewis has replaced South Korean Park In-Bee at the top of the women's world golf rankings after winning the LPGA ShopRite Classic.
Lewis claimed her second LPGA title of the season and the 10th of her career by firing a four-under 67 in the final round of the 54-hole tournament for a 16-under total of 197.
She finished six strokes in front of runner-up Christina Kim, who carded a one-over 72 for 203.
Park has yet to win this year and her position at the summit of the rankings has been under threat for weeks.
Lewis started the day with a one-shot lead and she led by two at the turn after birdies at the third and fourth holes.
She stretched her lead with another brace of birdies at the 10th and 11th before a bogey at 12 that was followed by another birdie at 13.
After a bogey at 17, Lewis sealed the victory with a birdie at the last to become just the fourth player to win the tournament twice.
"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.
"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."
American duo Gerina Piller and Jennifer Johnson shared third place on nine under with Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist and Haeji Kang of South Korea.