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PHOENIX (AP) -- Stacy Lewis won the LPGA Founders Cup on Sunday to jump to No. 1 in the world, taking advantage of Ai Miyazato's collapse on the 16th hole.
A day after Lewis was penalized two strokes for her caddie's blunder on the short par 4, the American took a two-stroke lead with a birdie on the hole after Miyazato made a double bogey following an errant approach shot that left her with an unplayable lie in a desert bush.
Coming off a victory two weeks ago in Singapore, the 28-year-old Lewis won for the seventh time in her LPGA Tour career to end Yani Tseng's 109-week run at No. 1.
Lewis closed with an 8-under 64 in perfect conditions at Desert Ridge to finish with a tournament-record 23-under 265 total on the cactus-lined Wildfire layout.
Miyazato finished second, three strokes back after a 71.
The Japanese star took a four-stroke lead over Lewis and Jee Young Lee into the final round when Lewis was penalized after play Saturday when it was ruled that caddie Travis Wilson tested the sand before Lewis played out of a bunker on No. 16.
Forced to wear a back brace for six years as a teen because of scoliosis, Lewis is the second American to top the ranking that began in 2006. Cristie Kerr was No. 1 for five weeks over three stints in 2010.
Miyazato took a one-stroke lead into the 16th and was seemingly in perfect position after hitting in the middle of the fairway on the 307-yard hole. But her pitching wedge sailed left, hit on the bank near the edge of the green and rolled into the desert bush.
Instead of playing again from the fairway, she elected to drop in sand in the desert, leaving her with an uphill shot with little green to work with. Hitting her fourth, her shot from the desert went to the far edge of the green and she two-putted for a double-bogey 6.
Lewis, the Texan who won 12 tournaments in her college career at the University of Arkansas, found the right fairway bunker off the tee, hit to 15 feet and holed the putt for a birdie. She then made an 18-footer on the par-3 17th for her third straight birdie and a three-stroke lead.
Miyazato was playing for the first time since sustaining a whiplash injury in a five-vehicle crash in Bangkok after the LPGA Thailand. She withdrew the following week in Singapore as a precaution because of stiffness in her neck, shoulder and back.
Miyazato also tied for second last year at Desert Ridge, a stroke behind Tseng.
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Any momentum Stacy Lewis gained from a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Saturday was later erased by a rules infraction. Lewis was penalized two strokes under Rule 13-4 after her caddie, Travis Wilson, tested the surface of a fairway bunker on the 16th hole with his feet.
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One day after Lewis and Wilson went under the microscope for a rules infraction on the 16th hole, they found vindication on the same par 4 with a pivotal three-shot swing against the silky smooth Ai Miyazato. Another...
Stacy Lewis won the LPGA Founders Cup on Sunday to jump to No. 1 in the world, taking advantage of Ai Miyazato's collapse on the 16th hole.
A day after Lewis was penalized two strokes for her caddie's blunder on the short par 4, the American took a two-stroke lead with a birdie on the hole after Miyazato made a double bogey following an errant approach shot that left her...
PHOENIX (AP) -- Ai Miyazato regained control in the LPGA Founders Cup on Saturday, ending up with a bigger cushion than she expected after Stacy Lewis was penalized two strokes after the round.
Making three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the back nine and saving par with a 12-foot putt on the finishing hole, Miyazato shot her second straight 5-under 67 after opening with a tournament...
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