Lewis measured the putt with no expression on her face. "It's gonna die left," she told her caddy, and, sure enough, that's what it did. As the putt slowed, it took a left turn into the cup. Lewis pumped her fist and Yani Tseng's shoulders slumped. A moment later Tseng bogeyed that 17th hole leaving her three shots behind Lewis.
So the walk up the par-five 18th hole, with the gallery applauding Lewis, a 26-year-old University of Arkansas graduate who spent many of her teenage years wearing a back brace because she had scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and who is an enthusiastic supporter of many scoliosis-centered charities, was made by Lewis with perfect posture and a very curving smile.
Lewis won her first LPGA Tour event Sunday with the Kraft Nabisco Championship victory, a major on par with the Master's since it has been played at the same course, Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, for four decades. She won it by playing side by side with world No. 1 and defending champion Tseng on Saturday and Sunday. She played from behind -- Tseng led by two going into Sunday's round -- and she did it by making only one bogey and by withstanding Tseng's confidence during the final round. Tseng hugged the trophy Sunday morning, as if wanting to make it clear how much she wanted it again.