Lewis shot 65-65 in the first two rounds, and got to 16 under par and a nine-shot lead midway through Sunday's round. Then she "lost concentration" on the back nine and made some unforced errors on and around the greens. Still, she finished at 12 under, beat Katherine Hull by four strokes, and is clearly playing the best golf of her life right now. "I've been playing well all year," she said after taking a share of the first-round lead on Friday. "It's fun to be out there just to play, not working on your golf swing or working on your stroke or anything."
Now that Lewis has met her goals for the year before she's even reached peak season, she has to start considering the possibility of catching the No. 1 player in the world, Yani Tseng. "It's always in the back of my head," she says, "it's just hard when Yani is so far ahead right now." (Tseng has almost double the ranking points of world No. 2, Na Yeon Choi.) "It took her a long time to build that lead, so it's going to take a long time to get closer. I just have to try to chip away at it. But I'll go back after this and set some more mini-goals. Because I've just blown my goals for the year out of the water."
Tseng had her worst showing of the year at the ShopRite, which is to say that she finished slightly out of the top 10 for the first time all season (her final-round score of one-over 72 put her at a total of -3 for the tournament and tied for 12th). Still, she feels good about her game and it's hard not to dub her the favorite going into the LPGA's second major, Wegmans LPGA Championship, next week (she won the event by 10 strokes last year). Most of all, Tseng is looking forward to the U.S. Women's Open, the only major she needs to complete her career Grand Slam, in four weeks. "I feel very excited [about Blackwolf Run]," she says. "I want to go there as soon as I can. I heard the golf course is very tough, so I'm very excited to play the tough golf course and enjoy that place. Last year I had more pressure going in there, but now I know my game's ready. I'm ready."
Also fit for a major fight is Spain's Azahara Munoz. A first-time LPGA winner two weeks ago at the Sybase Matchplay Championship, Munoz shot -7 at the ShopRite to finish tied for third with Mika Miyazato. She agrees that confidence is a big factor in scoring. "I've been hitting the ball really well but I think the key is my putting. I'm putting really well and that's made a big difference in my confidence. It's nice to be peaking now with the majors coming up. I really like the course next week, and I normally like the U.S. Open setups too, so it feels good."
Munoz says she and Morgan Pressel have put the rules disputes in their Sybase semifinal match two weeks ago behind them. "We're totally fine, it was never as big of a problem as the media made it out to be. I just want to move on. I'm really happy I got my win, and now I just want to focus on the next one."