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Wednesday October 10, 2012

Lewis out to tighten grip on Player of the Year award

KUALA LUMPUR: American Stacy Lewis, currently ranked second in the world, will seek to strengthen her grip on the Rolex Player of the Year award at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club this weekend.

She has been the most consistent player on the Tour this year, holding a considerable 56-point lead over Shin Jiyai of South Korea in the standings with six events to go. Tracy earned a fourth career victory at the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama last month.

Lewis can expect good support at the KLGCC as she finished in a tie for fifth last season and, given her impressive form this year, there is no reason not to expect another strong finish.

Lewis is trying to become the first American Player of the Year since Beth Daniel won it in 1994.

“It has been a goal of mine to be the Player of the Year since the middle of this year. To be the first American to win it since Beth is really something ... especially when you are playing against the likes of (Tseng) Yani and so many good Korean players,” said Lewis, who leads the race with 184 points – 56 ahead of Jiyai.

“It’s really important for me to play well here this week.”

Lewis also leads the Tour in top-10 finishes, tallying 14 top-10s in the 20 events she has competed in this year.

With US$1,598,596 in season earnings, Lewis also ranks second on the official money list behind world No. 6 Park In-bee of South Korea.

Lewis captured her first Major when she defeated world No. 1 Yani by three strokes for the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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