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Lewis, Wie recharged for Michigan event

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 6, 2014 at 5:37 pm •  Published: August 6, 2014
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BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Stacy Lewis and Michelle Wie are recharged for the LPGA Tour's return to Michigan.

"One week I just took completely off," said Wie, the U.S. Women's Open champion who last played July 20 in the Marathon Classic. "I was a bit tired I think mentally and it was good just to put the clubs in the closet for a whole week. And I went to my friend's wedding and this past week it was back to the grind. I got some really good work in, good workouts, some good practices, so I feel ready this week."

The Meijer LPGA Classic is the tour's first in Michigan since the 2000 Oldsmobile Classic in East Lansing. Play begins Thursday at Blythefield Country Club.

"The course is in perfect shape," Wie said about the Grand Rapids-area layout. "It's absolutely phenomenal how good this golf course is condition-wise and the layout is a lot of fun as well."

The top-ranked Lewis had a week off after the International Crown in Maryland.

"The week off was very necessary," Lewis said. "The last three events I played in, I've been running on fumes. I've had a pretty long couple of months here and I needed a week off, I needed some time.

"The game kind of got off track and I think it was just a little bit of being tired and just not having the energy to prepare the way I needed to. So, it's been good to have been able to practice and kind of get things going in the right direction."

The tournament begins a big three-week stretch in the schedule. The LPGA Championship — the fourth major of the year, is next week in Pittsford, New York, followed by the Canadian Women's Open in London, Ontario.

Lydia Ko is coming off a victory in the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. The 17-year-old Ko has two victories this year.

"I went to Universal Studios with some of the players that live in Orlando," Ko said about her break from play. "We had some fun there. I'm not really good with rides, so to kind of experience that, that was really cool. I kind of feel like a tourist even though I live in Orlando."

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