She didn’t say “Second place sucks,” the way Tiger Woods did in a television interview in 1996, but Stacy Lewis came as close as possible without stepping across that line.
Prior to the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif., Lewis, who led the tour in top-10 finishes a year ago and is the first player this year to post four top-10s, said, “The second place thing kind of gets old after a while. But at the same time, you can’t complain because you’re doing something right.”
When asked to elaborate, Lewis said, “Ultimately my goal is to win golf tournaments. So I’m not quite getting to where I want to be. But at the same time, I don’t know as golfers if we’re ever really satisfied. That’s just the nature of what we do. I’ve gotten off to a really good start, kind of continuing what I was doing at the end of last year, but my ultimate goal is the Kraft, focusing on the majors.”
Others are focusing on the majors as well. Paula Creamer, who had a platoon of Marines from Camp Pendleton following her around during practice, called the Kia, “a great tune-up,” for the Kraft, while Juli Inkster and Suzann Pettersen spent time 4 miles away from the Aviara Golf Club at La Costa, tuning up and getting ready for Palm Springs.
Inkster spent two days on the putting green at La Costa to avoid the distractions of the Aviara and the inevitable questions she will field about the Solhiem Cup, while Pettersen hung out with her boyfriend at the low-key resort after the pro-am.