LPGA.com counts down to the end of 2013 with the LPGA Tour's 13 top stories of the year. Join us as we look back at the year's most memorable milestones. Read about Lewis’ second career major championship win at the RICOH Women’s British Open in Story No. 4.
Many historical milestones in professional golfers’ careers seem to occur at one of the oldest and most iconic golf courses, the Old Course at St. Andrews. It only seemed fitting that the course would play host to the 13th staging of the RICOH Women’s British Open, an event at which Inbee Park sought to make history by winning her fourth consecutive major of the 2013 season.
While all eyes were set on the hopes of catching a glimpse of Park capturing another historical occasion at the Old Course, it was the Rolex Rankings No. 3 Stacy Lewis who would come out as champion and make her mark in history.
Lewis, who was then ranked No.2 in the world, claimed the second major championship of her career with a two-shot victory over South Koreans Na Yeon Choi and Hee Young Park. Lewis’ win marked the first time since she claimed her first major win at the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship that a non-Asian born player had won a major on the LPGA Tour. She ended a streak of 10 consecutive Asian-born major champions, which started with Yani Tseng’s 2011 Wegmans LPGA Championship win and ended with Inbee Park’s third-consecutive major victory of the 2013 season at the U.S. Women’s Open.
“I'm pretty excited about that,” said Lewis. “I guess it was the longest stretch we've ever had for an American gap; I don't know if that's for sure. But we get asked about it. I got asked about it this week. Every major, we get asked about it, and it definitely gets old, so more than anything, you guys can't ask me the question for a while.”
Lewis’ win at the famed Old Course was her third victory of the year with her first two coming at the HSBC Women’s Champions and the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. She claimed the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Rankings following her back-to-back wins, but she was unseated by Park just four weeks later. But losing that spot didn’t put a stop to Lewis’ dominance on the LPGA Tour, as she went on to tally 16 additional top-10 finishes to claim to second-consecutive Kia Drive to the Top award, given to the player with the most top-10s for the season.