DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, March 18, 2013 – The projections are now official: Stacy Lewis, the woman who spent nearly seven years in a back brace and had surgery to insert a rod and screws on her spine to overcome scoliosis is now the No. 1 player on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. Following her victory at yesterday’s RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, Lewis unseats Yani Tseng, who had spent the previous 109 weeks as No. 1.
“I’m having a blast on the golf course, and to be No. 1 in the world, it’s what everybody out here on Tour is working for,” Lewis said. “To be that person is, I mean, I really don’t even know what to say.”
She continued, “I couldn’t have dreamed that the kid who grew up wearing a back brace is the No. 1 player in the world.”