Just days after pledging all of her prize money to the Houston Hurricane Harvey flood victims, Stacy Lewis won her first tournament in over three years.
She led by three-shots heading in to the final round, but with a three-under final round of 69, Lewis was able to hold off a strong challenge from In Gee Chun to win by a single shot for her 12th LPGA Tour win.
From The Woodlands in the Houston area, Lewis has pledged to give her earnings - first place is worth $195,000 - to the relief efforts.
She posted four birdies, two pars and a bogey over her first seven holes but then parred the final 11 holes to finish with a total of 20-under 268. You go through all the emotions of finishing second when sometimes it's your fault and sometimes it's not, and things just don't have seem to ever go your way and you get really frustrated at times. "That's more important than any win", said Lewis.
Prior to the tournament she signalled her intentions via twitter, and was nearly overcome with emotion as she came to terms with what she'd accomplished.
After Chun's chip settled six feet from the hole, Lewis had two putts to win.
Lewis calls Columbia-Edgewater "one of my favorite courses we actually play all year", and her recent results back it up.
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Lopez then set off on his own to pass breakaway rider Adam Yates and power his way to the summit finish at Alto Hoya de la Mora. Majka said he relished the win after dropping out of overall contention in earlier stages when he felt ill.
Stacy Lewis is presneted with the winner's check on the 18th green after her victory during the final round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club on September 3, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. She hit a good lag putt and when the three-footer that was left went in, Lewis had won and the money was going to Houston.
"I learned a lot about needing to have an appreciation for what we get to do", Lewis added.
And Chun has more than a fair chance of doing so, as she won it previous year. Lewis successfully hit the green from the bunker, and Chun attempted a tricky chip shot to land a birdie and force a playoff.
She had a bogey on her closing hole which cost her a share of third but laughed it off, saying "it's such a typical ending for me".
"To see it go in that really made my day and made me happy.
You can't just get up there and bomb it", Lewis said. She and Chadwell bought a house in northeast Houston about a year-and-a-half ago. "I met them through playing golf... so many good people on the tour, so I'm definitely going to miss them".
Stacy Lewis will join three other 2017 American winners in the Indy Women in Tech field: Cristie Kerr, Lexi Thompson, and Danielle Kang.
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