by Jeff Skinner
Lost in this week’s hype of the “Big Three in the Desert” and Bing Crosby’s Clambake that has morphed into the A.T. & T. Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is the fact that the ladies are also playing this week at The ANZ/RACV Ladies Masters in Australia. A few Americans and many LPGA players have started their season down under.
Stacy Lewis has put together two goods rounds, 67 and 65, to leave her tied for the lead with Australian Kristie Smith. World number two, Yani Tseng is breathing down their necks at one stroke back.
Lewis is starting her third season as a professional and looking for her first victory. The fact that she is playing golf at all is a miracle as she suffered from scoliosis as a youth and lives her life with a steel rod in her back. She is a determined player who has improved each year on the LPGA Tour.
With the spotty LPGA tournament schedule this year many ladies will be travelling the world to play on the international tours. Lewis is hoping that the land down under will fit her game and maybe bring her he first win as a pro. She thinks she has a good chance at a win here. “Yes, I think I can. I’m in a good position and as long as the putts keep dropping. You see Karrie, and the amount of times her name is up there you are kind of chasing her tail a little bit … but yes, I think I can win.”