So for those of you who are loyal readers you will remember a post I did about Stacy Lewis a while back. I am so proud to announce to those of you who didn’t hear the news this past weekend that Stacy Lewis won the Ladies British Open. I am so proud of this young lady. She has worked so hard to get where she is today and she is a dream to watch unfold on the golf course.
I want to take you all back to the last two holes of this championship. For those of you who have played the Old Course at St. Andrews you will know that those final two holes are simply overwhelming. The fact that we would never play it with the pressure these ladies had on them or the crowds adds another element to these holes. Lewis talked about her approach shot into the 17th green which is called the Road Hole. “"It's one of those shots you see in your head, but you don't really ever pull it off," Lewis said. "And just off the club face, it was perfect"
She had to hit a low 5 iron that had a right-to-left wind that would knock down and allow to bounce up the slope toward the flag without going over the back of the green. It was a beautiful shot that finished 3 feet away for her birdie. On the 18th hole she did something we typically don’t see she used her putter from 40 yards short of the 18th green, through the Valley of Sin to 25 feet. This gave her second major title.
"It's unbelievable," Lewis said. "It all happened so fast at the end. You're afraid for every shot, and all of a sudden you make a couple of birdies and it's over."
Lewis beat out Hee Young Park who was going for her fourth major title this year. With Lewis winning this years British Open it ended a record drought for the Americans in the majors — 10 straight, all won by Asian players.
After her round Choi was quoted: She got birdie on 17 and 18? That's huge, especially this golf course. I feel like I missed a couple putts out there, but still, she's playing well. She's playing better than me. I think that's why she won. I think I have to accept that."
Although Lewis has lost her number one ranking to Park she does feel she can get it back and this past weekend was a stepping stone into reclaiming her title.