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Stacy Lewis Takes Over the Top Spot in the World Rankings

Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports

The days of Stacy Lewis being confined to a back brace are long gone. Her victory at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup has officially vaulted Lewis to number one in the world golf rankings. And yes, she did it with a rod and five screws in her back.

This is the second victory in less than a month for Lewis, who won her seventh title two weeks ago in Singapore. In her last 23 events, she has six victories. Lewis was named the 2012 LPGA player of the year thanks to her four wins last year. So, yeah, you could say this jump to number one in the world was coming for quite some time.

Her aggregate score of 23 under par – 265 set a course record. It also ended the reign of Yani Tseng as the top ranked woman in the world, a position she had held for 109 weeks. “Every setback you have along the way, everything good that happens, it all happens for a reason,” said Lewis. “I couldn’t have dreamed the kid growing up wearing a back brace 18 hours a day is the No. 1 player in the world.”

This is a great story. The fact that Lewis was in a back brace just 10 years ago makes her rise to the top spot in women’s professional golf that much more impressive. It just goes to show that with some perseverance and a whole lot of talent, there’s nothing that can’t be accomplished. Kudos to Lewis.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.