In the fall of 2011, Stacy Lewis was at her first outing for Marathon Petroleum when the company's CEO approached her on the range and asked, "Why should I sponsor an LPGA tournament?"
"I guess I gave them the right answer," Lewis said.
Marathon takes over this year as title sponsor of the Toledo, Ohio, event that was known for decades as the Jamie Farr.
It's easy to look at three of the four new sponsors on the LPGA's 2013 schedule and draw a direct line to Lewis, last year's Rolex Player of the Year.
"If you didn't, it wouldn't be fair to her," LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said.
In addition to Marathon, Pure Silk -- another company that sponsors Lewis -- will title-sponsor a new event in the Bahamas. There will also be a new tournament held in Lewis' home state of Texas.
"This is really what everybody has been waiting for," LPGA player Paige Mackenzie said.
In short, an American star who can rally fans and sway corporate sponsors to back domestic events.
Overall, the 2013 s...