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Americans dominate the first LPGA major of the year

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I don't get to say it a lot, so here goes; I was right. For once. Earlier this week, I posted a piece about how this looked like the year the Americans on the LPGA Tour would finally break through and dominate the big events. It seemed like a long shot, especially with the impressive play of Yani Tseng (again) at a major championship (again) in 2011 (again!), and after the 22-year-old hoisted the Nabisco trophy above her head early Sunday, before teeing off in the final round of the LPGA's opening major, it seemed she'd be in that same spot 18 holes later.

But it didn't happen. Tseng struggled while 26-year-old Stacy Lewis kept her composure through the first 14 holes, made her only bogey of the day on 15, and then just held on to the lead, rolling in as clutch a par save as one can have on the par-3 17th that was so improbable and magnificent that even Lewis held her head in her hands as to say, "What just happened?"

Sure, Lewis was the winner, claiming her first LPGA win ever at the Nabisco, but the top of the leaderboard wasn't aching for more red, white and blue. Five of the top six finishers on Sunday were all from the United States, and it wasn't exactly the list you'd expect. Big names like Cristie Kerr and Christina Kim didn't make it to the weekend, but Angela Stanford, Michelle Wie and Morgan Pressel were among the five Americans that really had an impressive week. Along with them, and ahead of them, was Katie Futcher, a pro who hadn't finished better than a tie for seventh in any LPGA event before Sunday. Futcher closed with a 69 to jump from 14th to third alone, showing that even some of the lesser names on the American side have game.

So a few surprises this week; Lewis went head-to-head with the best player in the game right now and won, a group of Americans topped the leaderboard, and I was actually right about something. Trust me, it doesn't happen much.

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