PHOENIX – Former world No. 1 Stacy Lewis was hoping to make her return to competition at the Founders Cup this week, but her strained oblique muscle isn’t healed enough yet.
Lewis will sit out this week and will also take off the Kia Classic next week, with her goal to return for the ANA Inspiration in two weeks, according to her agent, Jeff Chilcoat. Lewis won the Founders Cup in 2013.
Full-field scores from the Bank of Hope Founders Cup
Lewis was at the HSBC Women’s World Championship two weeks ago when she was hurt hitting balls in preparation for her start there. She flew back home to Houston, where she was diagnosed with the oblique strain. Lewis will have just one start under her belt before the ANA Inspiration, where she won the first of her two major championships, back in 2011. Her only start this year was the season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic. She will be looking to build on her victory at the Cambia Portland Classic last fall, when she donated her entire winning check to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort in her hometown. It was the 12th LPGA victory of her career.