HARRISON, N.Y. -- LPGA star Stacy Lewis, currently No. 3 in the world, was heavily involved in the process of evolving this week's KPMG Women's PGA Championship thanks to three specific ideas she offered up to the powers that be:
1. A big course.
2. A big purse.
3. Network television
"They killed it with all three of them," said Lewis on the eve of the championship at Westchester Country Club. "And then from there, it was just little things kind of behind the scenes but having a big media center, having good access for the people who watch. I said it has to feel like a big tournament. You walk up 18 [here] and it feels like a big tournament and that was what we were looking for."
With all those items checked off, Lewis is hoping to check off something else this week too -- major win No. 3.
Given her obligations to sponsor KPMG outside of the ropes, however, that has made this week's preparations a little less than desirable from a time standpoint.
Later on Wednesday, in fact, Lewis was scheduled to join Annika Sorenstam at the KPMG Women's Leadership Summit.
"I make sure I allow my time for practice," said Lewis, a 12-time LPGA winner. "I said no to a few things this morning because of how busy my afternoon is and made sure I set aside my time for practice because that's most important. And when I'm there, I'm inside the ropes. I'm not answering questions or doing anything else. You are where you are; just be where you are is the biggest thing. I've done it before. I was all over the place at ShopRite last year and still won a tournament. It definitely can be done. It's just being where you are in that moment."
Lewis tees off in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship with Caroline Hedwall and Mi Hyang Lee at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.