Lewis not taking her invitation to the U.S. Women’s Open for granted

Lewis looks to break out at U.S. Women’s Open

Stacy Lewis

For years, getting into the field of the U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championship was a gimme for Stacy Lewis.

Indeed, her 13 LPGA victories and two major championships over the past decade meant the Ohio-born, Texas-raised 35-year-old never had to worry qualifying for a major – that is, until she got pregnant. Then things got difficult.

When she went on maternity leave in 2018, she was ranked No. 33 in the world but when she returned six months later, she had dropped to 58th, outside the top-50 requirement for exemption. She got into the 2019 tournament thanks to an appeal to the USGA, which was in the process of updating its maternity policy around majors. The new policy now states that a player’s standing will be frozen in the ranking they were at when they went out.

As for Lewis, she gave birth to a daughter, Chesnee, in October 2018 and went on to compete in the 2019 Women’s U.S. Open but failed to make the cut.

She got an invitation to this year’s tournament thanks to being one of the top-10 players on the LPGA money list who was not already exempt. And though she won the Scottish Open in August, her play in recent events – like her 33rd-place finish at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship last month – has been lackluster.

She’ll be in the field at Champions Golf Club outside of Houston when the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championship takes place Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 10-13, and airs on Golf Channel and NBC.

Name: Stacy Lewis

Birth date: Feb. 16, 1985

Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio (raised in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston)

Turned pro: 2009

LPGA Tour wins: 13

Honors and achievements: LPGA Player of the Year (2012, 2014), LPGA Tour leading money winner (2014); LPGA Vare Trophy (2013, 2014); ANA Inspiration champion (2011); Women’s British Open champion (2013); represented the United States in the 2016 Summer Olympics, tying for fourth

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