Ask any golf writer in the United States about the best story in women's golf, and chances are they will say Stacy Lewis.
It isn't because she has won a major on the LPGA Tour and in the process, took down the #1 player in the world in the final round. It isnt because, as of January 1, 2013, she is 3rd ranked player on Rolex World Rankings and one of the very best golfers in the world.
It isn't just because she has been the best amateur player in the country over the 2 years before turning pro, or because she was the 2007 NCAA champion, or even because she has won 12 tournaments at the collegiate level while putting the University of Arkansas' women's golf program on the map.
It isn't because in her last event as an amateur, at the prestigious Curtis Cup held at the Old Course at St. Andrews, Stacy became the first person in the 76 year history of the Curtis Cup to post a 5 – 0 record while leading her US team to an historic victory.
And it isn't because in her first tournament as a professional at the US Open 2008, the most prestigious of majors, she lead the star-studded field after the 3rd round and played in the final group with Paula Creamer, where she managed to finish third.
Stacy Lewis is the best story in women's golf because of the things that she's had to overcome in order to just play golf again. 7 1/2 years in a back brace and back surgery, after which she wasn't sure she would even be able to walk, let alone swing a golf club again.
LPGA Tour victories:
Australian Open victories:
Nil (Joint runner-up 2012)
Born: 16 February 1985, Texas
Resides: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida