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Lewis poised to reclaim No. 1 ranking at Kingsmill

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 14, 2014 at 6:19 pm •  Published: May 14, 2014

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Many of the top players in women's golf have won when the LPGA Tour visits Kingsmill.

From Annika Sorenstam and Se Ri Pak to Karrie Webb and Suzann Pettersen, it is a layout that brings the best to the top.

No one loves the River Course more than three-time winner Cristie Kerr, but the defending champion missed Wednesday's Pro-Am due to an illness and her status for Thursday is uncertain. If Kerr doesn't play or isn't 100 percent, Stacy Lewis would be the likely favorite to win. She is coming off a victory and has a chance to rise to No. 1, the favorite.

Lewis won the North Texas LPGA Shootout by six shots last weekend, closing with a 7-under 64.

Inbee Park has led the world rankings for 57 weeks, but she isn't playing this weekend. But Lewis said her focus isn't the ranking, it's winning.

"My number one goal is to win tournaments," Lewis said Wednesday. "Obviously the rankings and the money list, everything like that takes care of itself. The goal doesn't change: win tournaments."

Lewis has won nine times in her career and has eight top 10 finishes this season while Pettersen, another favorite based on her track record, has three top 10s after rebounding from a back injury.

She arrived at Kingsmill feeling like she's rounding into form at just the right time.

"Overall I feel very happy with my game," she said Tuesday. "I feel great. I'm happy that I kind of managed to get back and get a couple tournaments in before we got here after being out with an injury."

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