Although Stacy Lewis didn’t win the Race to the CME Globe, she came in second (to Lydia Ko) and walked away with $150,000 bonus. More important, she beat Inbee Park in the tight contest for the coveted end of the year awards. Lewis wrapped up an impressive 2014 season by sweeping the three most prestigious honors in women’s golf — Rolex Player of the Year, Vare Trophy and LPGA Official Money List title.
Lewis becomes the first American to take home all three awards since Betsy King in 1993 and the first player since Yani Tseng in 2011.
“That’s what I came here for,” Lewis said. “I went into the week wanting to win these three awards. The $1 million and all
would’ve been nice, but I would take these three over $1 million any day.
“I am just really proud of the way I played. I didn’t have my best stuff all week. Even today just had to kind of grind it out and make a few putts there at the end, which I did. But it’s just amazing. I just feel like a ton of
weight has just been lifted off my shoulders.”
Lewis held off a late-season charge from World No. 1 Inbee Park to secure all three awards. She entered the LPGA’s season-ending CME Globe Tour Championship with only a three-point advantage on Park in the POY race and by less than a tenth of a stroke in the competition for the Vare Trophy, which is awarded to the player with the lowest scoring average on Tour. Lewis wrapped up the awards with a solid finish this week, placing T9.
Lewis had an impressive 2014 season with three victories (North Texas LPGA Shootout, ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by P&G and Walmart NW Arkansas Championship) and 15 additional top-10 finishes.
“I have some goals. I never write them down, but I kind of have them in the back of my head that I had won
Player of the Year, I had won Vare Trophy, but I wanted to win the Money List at some point. I thought it
would be pretty cool if I could do all three together,” Lewis said. “So it’s amazing. And the coolest part to me
is I get to be on the trophies with some pretty amazing women, you know, and be a part of history.”
The only thing Lewis didn’t do was take home a major championship trophy.
“Before this week it was a good (season), and now it’s a little bit better I would say,” she said. “I wouldn’t quite say it was a great year. I would’ve liked to have taken a major championship. I think that would’ve made it a great year. But winning these three awards makes it almost great.”
Lewis received a promising portent after ordering PF Chang’s back to the house.
“My dad threw me a fortune cookie and I opened it up,” she said. “I never really read into these things at all, but this is the only one I opened and this is what it said — ‘Good news of long awaited event will arrive soon.’
“So I carried that in my pocket all day. Pretty good omen last night. I thought that was pretty cool.”