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Park and Lewis to resume rivalry

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Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park are set to resume their battle for the world number one ranking at this week’s North Texas LPGA Shootout.

Lewis ended Yani Tseng’s 109-week reign at the top last month after consecutive wins at the HSBC Women’s Champions and the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, but held on to the position for only a few weeks before Park took over thanks to a victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship – the first women’s major of the year – and a top-four finish at the LPGA LOTTE Championship two weeks later.

The South Korean has a lead of only 0.34 points over Lewis, however, and the No 1 ranking could change hands again this week.

“My goal was to rise to the top spot around this week and I managed to do it a week early. I will focus on my game because the rankings can change every week,” Park said recently.

Tseng herself might still have a part to play in the battle for the top spot, as could the likes of World No 3 Na-yeon Choi and Ji-yai Shin, who has recently gotten over a lower back injury.

“I missed the Lotte Championship to recover,” Shin said. “I am back in the saddle now the pain is gone.

Lewis might be hoping to steal a march on her rivals this week, however – Texas is where she spent most of her childhood and she can be sure of getting some vocal crowd support.

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