Lewis comes up trumps in Arkansas
Stacy Lewis won the LPGA’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship by one stroke on Sunday.
The world number one carded a near flawless final round of 65 at Pinnacle Country Club, leaving her on 12 under for the tournament.
Lewis had a fast start, holing a birdie on the first and was three under after six holes. A solitary bogey on the par four ninth would be the only blemish on her card while a strong finish saw three birdies over the last four holes.
“When I first came here to school, I was extremely shy, and I think I’ve definitely grown out of that over the years,” said the 29-year-old, who was a four-time All-American at the University of Arkansas.
“I’ve just found that the more I interact with fans, it makes me more relaxed, and enjoying it more is what I’m trying to do.”
“This place just means so much to me. So, to win here, it’s just crazy how far I’ve come. … It’s just really, really special to win here.”
One stroke behind Lewis was the trio of Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford and world number two Lydia Ko, with South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu a further shot behind.
“(Lewis) is playing some awesome golf,” said Ko, who also fired a six under 65 in her final round.
“She’s having consistent top tens like Michelle [Wie], and I think it’s great that we’re playing in her hometown, and the best thing is she’s world No. 1 and they’re proud to say it.”
Meanwhile, overnight leader Michelle Wie collapsed to a two over 73 after a run of three bogeys in a row.
The win sees Lewis take home $300 000 and earn her eleventh scalp on the LPGA Tour, to add to her two Major Championship titles.
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