Stacy Lewis walked into the Holiday Inn Express here in the desert, and the guy at the front desk asked if she was here to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Lewis confirmed.
"Wait a second . . ." the man said.
Yes, she's that player. The current world No. 1. The woman who stayed at that same hotel in 2011 and won a tournament as a pro for the first time (a major, no less).
So much has changed since then, yet she's still lugging her own suitcase to a modest hotel room for a modest rate. There's nothing flashy here, folks.
Lewis, who rose to No. 1 several weeks ago in Phoenix, called her life since then "chaos."
"I expected it, but it was a little bit overwhelming," she said.
Lewis went toe-to-toe with Yani Tseng here two years ago and kick-started a whirlwind ride to the top. She now has won seven LPGA events and a Rolex Player of the Year trophy. She's as poised and well-spoken as they come in the media room, the new face of the LPGA.
"I guess I'm just more comfortable ...