The success of the eyes of Lewis's hometown for the LPGA event

The success of the eyes of Lewis's hometown for the LPGA event

Rogers : AR : USA | Sep 08, 2011 at 3:43 PM PDT
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Stacy Lewis Back In Northwest Arkansas

Rogers, Arkansas - Stacy Lewis feels it still has a lot to prove, even now.

Even during a season in which he won his first major championship and has posted eight top-10, the former Arkansas golfer is not happy.

Lewis will be able to add to his resume growing when the LPGA P & G NW Arkansas Championship tees off Friday. To do this, however, it will have to beat a talented field that includes 13 of the 15 best players in the Rolex Rankings.

The event at Pinnacle Country Club is a sort of homecoming for Lewis, who was four times All-American 20 minutes to Arkansas. She knows the course, after winning the rain shortened event unofficially in 2007 as an amateur.

Since then Lewis has quickly risen through the ranks and is currently on the LPGA money list with more than one third of $ 1.1 million in profits in its third full season on tour. He is a model of consistency this season won his first major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April, but refused to rest.

"I do not want to be a kind of a time and then win the rest of the season, I do nothing," said Lewis. "I wanted to show what kind of Kraft was not a fluke and I could play here and I just kind of been riding the momentum."

Lewis finished tied second last month in the Canadian Women Open, but he left little doubt about the end of his collegiate victory at home this week to the list of his list of successes.

"To me, this golf tournament is another big," said Lewis. "I mean, that would be the height of Kraft for the win."

Lewis was tied for ninth at the event last season and is not an easy task this year.

Yani Tseng is mounted on top of the standings with victory in a dramatic rise in Northwest Arkansas Championship last year, making four birdies in five-hole to defeat Michelle Wie by one time.

Tseng stellar play has continued since the victory of last year. The 22-year-old became the youngest player, male or female, to win five major titles when she won the British Open last month, and has held the top spot for 29 consecutive weeks.

"This year my goal is to be number one and I did," said Tseng. "I never thought he won two races this year and is now very ... c 'is incredible. I feel like I'm living a dream and that is why we work so hard and want to achieve our goals."

Tseng leading the money list with 15 LPGA events, has won more than $ 1.8 million this season. The 12 best players on the list are entered in this week, although 13 - and 2009 Champion - Jiyai Shin withdrew due to a back injury.

Tseng says she feels no extra pressure to defend his title this year and seek a positive approach, since the battles of 6264 yards, par 71.

Brittany Lincicome was up five points in the ranking of No. 10 to No. 5 with his victory in Canada Women's Open last month, and entered this week. Also in this area is Wie, who nearly won the event last year, after posting a 28 on his first nine in the second round. She leads by three strokes entering the final round last year and posted a 2-69 under this court demonstrated a sudden Tseng, who closed with a 6-under 65.

Wie has not won on the circuit this season, but finished second twice, including a pair of Lewis last month at the Canadian Women's Open.

"Some weeks I do not play as much as I want, but I just keep it at work trying to get better and better every week," Wie said. "I feel like I'm on the stage where I can possibly play a little 'more coherent, or try to play a little' more consistent."

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