Lewis rolls to win in New Jersey, reclaims No. 1 ranking

 

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Galloway, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Stacy Lewis carded a 4-under 67 on Sunday to roll to a 6-stroke victory at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Lewis collected her 10th career win on the LPGA Tour and second of the season at 16-under-par 197. With the win, Lewis reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in the world from Inbee Park.

Park had been the top-ranked golfer in the world for 59 weeks since replacing Lewis last season. Lewis had the No. 1 ranking for four weeks before being overtaken by Park.

"I said I'm tired hearing about all of the scenarios (how to take the No. 1 ranking ) and just went out there and took care of business and played some great golf today," said Lewis. "I definitely want to stay there. I know more what to expect now. Life is already busy, so I don't think it can get much busier."

Christina Kim shot a 1-over 72 on the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club to take second place at 10-under 203, while Anna Nordqvist (70), Gerina Piller (70), Haeji Kang (69) and Jennifer Johnson (72) shared third at 9-under.

Julieta Granada (68) finished alone in seventh place at minus-8, a shot ahead of Park (70), Meena Lee (66), Azahara Munoz (66), Shanshan Feng (67) and Karrie Webb (67).

Lewis entered the final round with a 1-shot lead over Kim, and rolled in consecutive birdies at the third and fourth to move to 14-under and increase her lead to two strokes.

Kim had also birdied the third to move to 12-under, while Johnson recorded back-to-back gains at the third and fourth to claim a share of second place.

Kim would fall further behind with bogeys at the fifth and eighth, but bounced back with three straight birdies from the ninth to move to 13-under.

Lewis, meanwhile, parred five straight from the fifth before also recording birdies at the 10th and 11th to reach 16-under and open up a 3-stroke lead.

Lewis tripped to a bogey at the 12th to cut her advantage to two, but birdied the 13th to reclaim a comfortable lead.

Kim then handed Lewis a 4-stroke cushion with a bogey at the 15th, and Lewis traded a 3-putt bogey at the 17th with a birdie at the last to close out the win.

"It feels great to get the win. That was the goal and it's nice to just get it taken care of," Lewis said.

Kim made a mess of the 18th en route to a double-bogey to finish at minus-10.

NOTES: Lewis' other win this season came at the North Texas LPGA Shootout ... Lewis also won this tournament in 2012 ... An American has now won the last four LPGA tournaments. It is the first time that has happened in the last 10 years.

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