Lewis Birdie Blitz Wins Mizuno Classic
by Iver Maple on November 5, 2012
Stacy Lewis closed in on the 2012 LPGA player of the year award with a stunning win at Japan’s Mizuno Classic. Lewis was seven shots behind and seemingly out of contention after round three but 10 birdies in a stunning last round 64 were enough to overhaul a high quality field.
Stacy’s fourth win of the season leaves her the possibility to become the first US player to win the Player of the Year award since Beth Daniel in 1994. With two events left to play in 2012, Lewis also has the chance to win her first LPGA money list.
With just three holes left to play at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club a Lewis win still seemed unlikely, especially when her second shot on the 16th caught a fairway bunker. Lewis fought back, holing a 25ft putt to move within one of the lead, before a 15 footer for birdie on17 and another 25 foot birdie putt on 18 accelerated her past the field.
Despite the many Japanese players, the crowd had accepted Lewis as one of their own. As a Mizuno player, Lewis has been the ‘host’ of the Mizuno Classic, impressing with her openness and enthusiasm. The Mizuno Classic is one of Mizuno’s flagship tournaments alongside the Mizuno Open – Gateway to The Open Championship.
In Stacy's Bag:
Irons: JPX-800 Pro