Golf : Stacy Lewis won her 6th title
Stacy Lewis said at the start of the week that the player with the best caddie would win and that is as it worked out. With Travis Wilson, the newly-crowned ‘Caddy of the Year’ at her side, Stacy Lewis captured the HSBC Women’s Champions by a shot from Na Yeon Choi and by two from Paula Creamer.
Lewis’s closing round was a 71 in which she made her score with an outward 33 before shrugging off a spot of trouble – she was in the water at the 15th – on the homeward half.
One shot stood out above the rest for this six-time winner on the LPGA Tour. At a time when the morning wind was still in full cry, she hit a hybrid to the green of the 493 yards seventh which landed on the green’s apron before bouncing gently towards the hole. It left her with little more than a tap-in for the eagle which took her a shot ahead of Choi, her co-leader at the start of the day, and two clear of Paula Creamer.
“That hybrid was probably the best shot I’ve ever hit,” said the 28-year-old Lewis. ‘I held it up against the wind just perfectly.”
Spectators were discussing the possibility of a play-off but Lewis put an end to such chat when she alone caught the green of this 498 yards par-five in two.
“All week,” she said, “I had played to get on the green in three but, with the wind the way it was, my caddie and both said ‘Driver!’ at the one time.’
The champion has now moved up to No 3 in the world behind Yani Tseng and Choi.
“Ultimately,” she said, ‘I’d like to get to No. 1 and wins are the way to get there.”