Lewis sets sights on fourth U.S. major win of 2014

Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:06pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Americans have won the first three majors this year and world number one Stacy Lewis would dearly love to follow suit with a fourth 'home-grown' victory at this week's LPGA Championship in Pittsford, New York.

Already a double major winner, Lewis has come agonizingly close to adding a third grand slam crown this season, finishing third at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April and second at the U.S. Women's Open in June.

The 29-year-old from Ohio has produced superb form for most of her 2014 campaign, racking up 13 top-10s in 18 starts on the 2014 LPGA Tour, including three wins, though she has tailed off slightly in her last three events.

"I have high expectations for myself," Lewis told reporters at Monroe Golf Club on Wednesday ahead of Thursday's opening round in the fourth of the year's five women's majors.

"I had a pretty good streak there of top-10s going for a while and I haven't had one in a while. I'm pretty tough on myself in that aspect, but I think that's what drives me to get better. I don't feel like my game is far off."

Lewis took great delight in watching her compatriots Lexi Thompson (Kraft Nabisco), Michelle Wie (U.S. Women's Open) and Mo Martin (Women's British Open) land the first three majors of the season.

"It's a great thing for the tour, with Americans playing well, your stars playing well," said Lewis, who won her first major title at the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship where she overhauled world number one Yani Tseng in the final round.

"It's something that hasn't been done in quite a few years, and it's been great to see. I would definitely like to add my name to that list and get a major win. That's what we're all out here for."

Lewis likes the look of the par-72 layout at Monroe Golf Club, describing it as a genuine major championship test.   Continued...

Stacy Lewis of the U.S. tees off the fourth hole during the third round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic women's golf tournament at the Grey Silo course in Waterloo, June 7, 2014.    REUTERS/Mark Blinch