Stacy Lewis focused on own game ahead of Kraft Nabisco Championship
Last Updated: 04/04/13 4:41pm
Stacy Lewis: Looking to claim her second Kraft Nabisco Championship win this week
Women's No 1 Stacy Lewis insists victory and not her world ranking will be at the forefront of her mind at this week's Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Lewis has fond memories of the season's first major which takes place annually at the Mission Hills Country Club in California.
The event provided Lewis with her first LPGA title as professional when she got the better of then World No 1 Yani Tseng to win by three strokes in 2011.
That victory would set her off on a path which saw her eventually eclipse Tseng at the top of the rankings after victory in Phoenix last month.
Instead of protecting her ranking, Lewis is adamant she will be focusing entirely on adding a second major title to her CV this week.
"There are so many things that I can't control," stated the 28-year-old. "I can't control how Yani plays, how In-bee Park plays.
Tseng feeling good
"If they go out and play better than me, then I lose the No 1 ranking. If I go out there and take care of myself, I'll be at that No 1 ranking."
"I feel I have a chance to win, but I just want to go out there and try to do my best, play one shot at a time, and hopefully the results will come."
Tseng will also be in the field in California this week and is feeling good about her chances of landing the $300,000 first prize from a total purse of $2 million.
"I just want to win a tournament," said the 24-year-old from Taiwan. "I feel good about this week. I feel I have a chance to win, but I just want to go out there and try to do my best, play one shot at a time, and hopefully the results will come."
Last year's tournament saw a quite remarkable and totally unforgettable climax as South Korea's Kim In-kyung missed from inside two feet on the final green to blow her chance of victory.
As a result the Kim slipped back into a play-off with compatriot Yoo Sun-young and would go on to lose, but she claims to be ready to lay those demons to rest.
"I learned a lot," said Kim. "I think last year was (a) big turning point of my life of learning and what's really important. It just gave me (a) different view of it."