UNITIED STATES - After a long season, Stacy Lewis is taking a well-deserved break from golf.
The 28-year-old American notched three wins on the US LPGA Tour this year to rise to No. 3 in the world rankings.
She narrowly missed out on a fourth title earlier this month when she finished one stroke behind Thai rising star Pornanong Phatlum at the Dubai Ladies Masters - the Ladies European Tour's season-ending event. Despite the heartbreak, Lewis is pleased with her terrific year on the LPGA Tour. Now, she's relishing a break from the greens.
Speaking to The New Paper in a phone interview from her home in Florida, she said: "I have to let my body rest for a while. I want to keep going, especially with the way I've been playing.
"But to play in 2014 as well as I did this past year, I need to recharge."
Like this year, Lewis is hoping to get her 2014 season off to flying start at the HSBC Women's Champions at Sentosa Golf Club, where she is the reigning champion.
Along with South Korea's world No. 1, Park Inbee and No. 2 Suzann Pettersen of Norway, Lewis will be one of the headline acts at the Serapong Course, from Feb 27 to March 2.
The Florida native reached the summit of women's golf earlier this year after winning the HSBC event for the first time.
But her top ranking lasted just four weeks as Park created history by winning the first three Majors of the year.
Lewis fought back with wins at the RR Donnelley Founders Cup and the British Open, while Pettersen closed the rankings gap after claiming the final Major of the year at the Evian Masters.
Park, however, was uncatchable.
"I didn't think it was possible to win three Majors," said Lewis about Park's feat. "Inbee, Suzann and myself had an amazing season. We kept the pressure on each other all year, and I'm sure we'll continue to do well in 2014.
"Winning the HSBC was a huge confidence boost, and it really kick-started the year for me.
"It's everyone's favourite event, one that everyone wants to win. Apart from the golf, there's so much I'm looking forward to seeing and doing in Singapore."