Mission Hills fan Lewis targets a third major win

Wed Apr 1, 2015 7:16pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - Eight years ago, Stacy Lewis was an amateur when she tied for fifth at Mission Hills Country Club in the first women's major of the season, a tournament she has grown to love.

In 2011, the American overhauled the world number one Yani Tseng in the final round at Mission Hills to claim her first major crown, and this week she will be bidding to extend her career tally of grand slam wins to three.

"I'm excited to be back," world number three Lewis, 30, told reporters on the eve of Thursday's opening round of the ANA Inspiration. "Any time you come to a course that you've won on, you have some great memories.

"It's fun to be back. And the first major of the year ... everybody is always really excited for. My mind-set is good. I've been building on this tournament really since February.

"We've been progressing with my golf swing and just working on little things every single week. I like where my game is at."

Lewis, who won her second major at the 2013 Women's British Open, has made a habit of excelling at Mission Hills where she has recorded four top-five finishes in eight starts.

"I love major championships," the Texan smiled. "It's a hard golf course but if you really are excited to be here and you really love the golf course, it doesn't seem quite so hard. I've liked the challenge.

"It's crazy the history of this event," Lewis said of the ANA Inspiration, which was previously sponsored by Kraft Nabisco before ANA took over.   Continued...

Stacy Lewis drops to her knees after almost making her chip onto the 7th green during round four of the JTBC Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports