BEDMINSTER, N.J. – The same intensity that made Stacy Lewis No. 1 in the world is now holding her back. Lewis doesn’t play for money; she only plays to win. But the longer she goes without a title, the more her emotions seem to come into play.
Never mind that a Coast Guard helicopter and a fighter jet chased a small private plane out of the airspace directly over No. 11 while Lewis ping-ponged over the green at the U.S. Women’s Open. (These things can happen when President Donald Trump is on property.) She’d just made four birdies in a row and stood one shot off the lead of Shanshan Feng when she made a triple-bogey seven. Lewis was still only four back with plenty of holes to play, but then called over a rules official on the following hole to complain that the guy holding the microphone for Fox Sports had stepped directly in front of her ball.
She proceeded to bogey the 12th, and watched a one-shot deficit balloon to five.
But still, she wasn’t out of it yet. With two par 5s to go and a leader that was stuck on pars, she could get back to within striking distance.
And then the unthinkable happened. Lewis fatted two wedge shots on the par-5 18th into the hazard and…