Classy Lewis has the last laugh
STACY LEWIS showed all the grace and dignity one could ask of golf's new world No 1 during a fraught but ultimately fruitful weekend in Phoenix.
First, Lewis (28) from Toledo, Ohio, responded with absolute class on Saturday when told she would be docked two strokes for a rules infraction by her faithful caddie Travis Wilson when he unwittingly tested the surface of a fairway bunker at 16.
Lewis sincerely thanked TV viewers for phoning tournament officials to report the breach, then rebounded on Sunday with birdies at 16 and 17 to beat Ai Miyazato by three and end Yani Tseng's 109-week stint on top of the world.
"That's for you," she said as she hugged Wilson in victory, adding: "Almost 10 years ago I was going into surgery to put a rod and five screws in my back. I'm really not supposed to be here."
Almost as compelling was the rags-to-riches story behind a gutsy victory by Chicago journeyman Kevin Streelman (34) in his 153rd PGA Tour start at the Tampa Bay Open.
Streelman literally wore out four cars and went bust himself playing on local satellite circuits. He had to caddie at his local club for enough cash to fund his golf before eventually graduating onto the PGA Tour through Q-School in 2007.