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Stacy Lewis Wins ShopRite LPGA Classic; Reclaims World #1 Ranking

The former Razorback won her second event of the year this weekend and can once again claim the title of world's best female golfer.

Hunter Martin

Stacy Lewis is not slowing down. In fact, it seems she's only getting better and better.

The former Arkansas golfer won the ShopRite LPGA Classic by shooting 16-under, good for a 6-stroke victory. The win pushed her back atop the world rankings, which she last held for a few weeks in spring 2013.  The win is her second in the last month after winning the North Texas LPGA Shootout also by six strokes and also with a score of 16-under.

Golfweek's Beth Ann Nichols wrote about Lewis' victory and how she may be better prepared for holding onto the ranking for a longer stretch this time, with a nice shoutout to her University of Arkansas education (WOOT):

To appreciate the full scope of Lewis’ impact on the LPGA over the past six years, look no further than last week’s schedule. Her week began at Pinehurst No. 2, where she prepped for the June 19-22 U.S. Women’s Open and, as it turned out, the ShopRite LPGA Classic, on a Donald Ross design.

She played in the ShopRite pro-am and then took a helicopter to New York City, where she took part in the announcement of the new KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. For Lewis, who was an accounting/finance major at Arkansas, the behind-the-scenes parts of the LPGA have become as exhilarating and meaningful as championship play. John Veihmeyer, KPMG’s global chairman, told Golfweek that his company wouldn’t be sponsoring the LPGA’s flagship major if not for the relationship KPMG formed with Lewis two years ago.

"I love the business side of the tour," Lewis said, "going to a sponsor and saying, ‘Yeah you want to put your logo out there, but how can we really make this work for you?’ "

There are three more women's majors this year with next being the US Women's Open June 19-22nd. Lewis is also expected to compete in Rogers the following week at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.