Stacy Lewis might not be the LPGA Tour player of year if not for her doctor buying a raffle ticket he didn't want.
It's a bizarre twist in her unlikely path to the top of women's golf. And it's a reminder to Lewis that whenever she asks that familiar question -- ''Why me?'' -- the answer no longer is grounded in self-pity, but in sheer amazement.
''I guess it's fate a little bit,'' Lewis said.
Fate doesn't happen without hard work, and few players had it tougher than Lewis.
She was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 11, so severe that she wore a back brace for 18 hours every day from age 11 until she got out of high school, and then had to have surgery when that didn't correct the curvature in her spine.
That's when Gary Brock, her orthopedic surgeon in Houston, entered the picture.
Brock knew Lewis played golf at The Woodlands Country Club. He just didn't know she was good enough to have earned a scholarship to Arkansas. In the months leading up to her back surgery, Brock ...