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October 07, 2013

Stacy Lewis quits Twitter after criticizing Chinese fans

Posted at 11:56 AM by Josh Sens |

Lewis_640Stacy Lewis on the first hole of the Reignwood LPGA Classic in Beijing on Sunday (Getty Images).

Another day, and another athlete takes a break from Twitter.

This time around, it's Stacy Lewis, who came down with a case of Twitter remorse after criticizing fans in the wake of a tough loss at the Reignwood LPGA Classic in Beijing on Sunday.

Leading by shot on the 18th tee, Lewis wound up losing to an unlikely eagle by China's Shanshan Feng, whose second shot on the par-five closer barely cleared the water but struck something hard and caromed off the flagstick. Lewis later suggested that the ball hit a rock. You can watch video of Feng's miracle shot here:

Whatever the case, Feng's stroke of good fortune didn't sit well with Lewis, who groused about her sour luck in a post-round press conference.

"I feel like it was just taken from me," Lewis said. "You'd like to win on a good shot, but, obviously, it wasn't a good shot. It's very frustrating. It was a frustrating day just with the crowds and dealing with all that. It was hard to play today."

Not long after, Lewis took to Twitter to elaborate.

"Congrats to Shan Shan on the win, crazy shot at 18. Very disappointed in fans in China this week," she tweeted.

Then: "Between all the cameras and cheering when I missed putts. It was just really hard to have fun out there. On to the next."

And: "Btw what (sic) till you se the shot on 18 that won it! Let's just say it involved a rock and the flag stick."

Though far tamer than Tweets by, say, Ian Poulter or Lee Westwood (both of whom have had their Twitter moments), Lewis' social media vent had a similar effect.

With in hours, she took a Mulligan, deleting two of her three Tweets and then retiring her account.

For now, at least.

"For those whose (sic) were actually supportive on twitter, sorry to say I will be signing off of here. I'm sorry I say what I believe."




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