Paradise Island, Bahamas — Time and distance heal a lot of wounds. Just ask Stacy Lewis.
After a holiday offseason in which she got engaged to Gerrod Chadwell (the women’s golf coach at Houston) and made plans to move back to Texas from Jupiter, Fla., Lewis reflected on the frustration of her first winless season since 2011. As with a lot of things in life, she found the hurt has softened with the passage of days and the perspective of a life ahead.
“At my camp a couple weeks ago I told the kids (that) in my head, a couple of those (runner-up) events last year, I won,” Lewis said, referring to a junior golf camp that she hosts in South Florida. “I mean, that putt at ANA in the playoff, (in my mind now) it went in. I hit it exactly how I was supposed to hit it, (so in my mind) it went in.
“That’s the mindset you have to have. If you did everything right, if you controlled everything you could control and executed the shot the way you wanted and it didn’t work out, then it didn’t work out.
“Na Yeon (Choi) holed out on 16 in Arkansas (at the NW Arkansas Championship) and my shot hit the pin on 16 and didn’t go in. Things like that. That’s golf. That’s going to happen.”
Lewis is the kind of fierce competitor who leads with her disappointment, whether it’s the pained expressions after a missed putt or the head-down marches after another runner-up performance. But she is also one of the most honest and approachable athletes in any sport who has matured beyond just being an ambassador for women’s golf. She is fast becoming its spokesman.
As for how her life has changed, she’s packed up all her stuff and is meeting movers in a couple of weeks. She also has been pricing wedding photographers.
“In the past I’ve played some really good golf keeping really busy,” she said. “I’ve won at tournaments where I’ve had a ton of stuff going on. So I think, in a way, it’s going to be a good thing (having so much else to do). That way you’re just focused on one thing at a time. When you’re on the golf course, you’re on the golf course. And when you’re not, you’re worried about other stuff.”
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