1 Oct 2014

Lewis backs mixed team tournament

11:11 am on 1 October 2014

The world number one golfer Stacy Lewis has backed the idea of a mixed-gender 'Ryder Cup' tournament.

A competition of such stature does not exist in golf, although a mixed event was introduced for the first time at the Youth Olympics this year.

US golfer Stacey Lewis

US golfer Stacey Lewis Photo: PHOTOSPORT

In an interview with BBC Sport, the 29-year-old United States player says it would be a great thing and anything like that would help sell their sport.

Lewis says if she was to pick someone to play with in the fourballs or foursomes it would be Rickie Fowler or Jordan Spieth as they're both good putters under pressure.

Lewis has played in the previous two Solheim Cups, which currently take place during odd years, while the Ryder Cup takes place in even years.

In the seasons between Ryder Cups, a USA team play against International counterparts in the established Presidents Cup.

Ryder Cup golf tournament

Ryder Cup golf tournament Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Europe won the 40th Ryder Cup 16½-11½ against the United States at Gleneagles last weekend .

Two-time major winner Lewis conceded that it might be difficult to find room in the calendar for a new mixed-team event.