x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Golf's world No 2 Stacy Lewis taking aim at Dubai Ladies Masters

American golfer Stacy Lewis is coming off a British Open win and held the world's top spot for four weeks this year.

Stacy Lewis has had to go through plenty of hardship to rise to world No 2 in golf. Jonathan Ferrey / Getty Images / AFP
Stacy Lewis has had to go through plenty of hardship to rise to world No 2 in golf. Jonathan Ferrey / Getty Images / AFP

Having enjoyed a strong season that has seen her win her second major title on the LPGA Tour and enjoy a spell as the world No 1, Stacy Lewis will look to end the year on a high at the Dubai Ladies Masters in December.

The world No 2 confirmed on Tuesday she would make her first visit to the UAE to play in the country's leading women's golf tournament, also a stop on the Ladies European Tour (LET).

"It will be my first visit to Dubai, but I have heard many good things about the city from fellow professionals and know the tournament attracts a very strong field each year," said Lewis, 28.

"With all those top LPGA and LET players in the field, it will be fun to play in Dubai."

Lewis can go into the €500,000 (Dh2.4 million) competition at Emirates Golf Course, a four-day, 72-hole event that begins on December 4, full of confidence after winning the British Open last month. By notching birdies on the final two holes, she overturned a three-shot deficit to triumph, in the process ending a record streak of 10 majors won by Asian players.

In March, she had ended Yani Tseng's 109-week stay as world No 1 after winning the LPGA Founders Cup, and Lewis held the position for four weeks.

It has been a remarkable rise for Lewis, who was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 11. As a result, she wore a back brace 18 hours a day for seven and a half years before having a complex surgery to insert a rod and several screws into her back.

Of challenging for the honours in Dubai, she added: "I know, with so many potential winners from both sides of the Atlantic in the field, it would take something special to beat the challenge, but I will try my best and see what happens.

"I am grateful to Golf in DUBAi for inviting me to play in this prestigious event.

"I can't wait to get started."

Mohamed Juma Buamaim, the vice chairman and chief executive of Golf in DUBAi, said: "We look forwarding to welcoming a player who is a true winner, on and off the course. Stacy has demonstrated the strength and determination of the human spirit to keep fighting against the odds."

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