Lewis holds off Thompson for second LPGA win
Stacy Lewis saw her lead disappear, but came up big down the stretch to win the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. Lewis’s 3-under par 69 on Sunday over the Robert Trent Jones Trail Crossings Course gave her a 72-hole total of 17-under par 271.
It’s her second LPGA win and her first since the Kraft Nabisco Championship nearly 13 months ago.
Lexi Thompson wound up one shot behind Lewis at 16-under par 272 after a closing 65. She was briefly tied for the lead in the late going.
Karine Icher finished with a 68 to wind up alone in third place at 273.
Azahara Munoz, So Yeon Ryu, Karrie Webb, Sun Young Yoo, and Brittany Lincicome were all at 276.
Lewis led by five shots at one point but as the leaders reached the closing holes Thompson trailed by just two strokes
The 17-year old erased the defect at the short par-5 16th hole when she hit her second shot from 219 yards to inside six feet and drained the eagle putt to tie for the lead at 16 under par.
A few minutes later Lewis came to the 16th and missed the green just short and right with her second shot. But she got the lead back by chipping to inside three feet and dropping the birdie putt, before going on to par the final two holes.
“The second almost feels better than the first,” Lewis said. “I mean, it's only been a year since I won, but I felt like it's been a long time since then, and I've worked really hard and it's just nice to finally see some results of all the hard work.”
Lewis has now recorded five top-10 finishes this season, but says she’s been frustrated with her play at times.
“I felt like I wasn't getting a lot of out of my rounds,” she said. “The first three days this week I finally got stuff out of my round and made putts, made some good pars and made a lot of birdies, so I felt like my game was coming around.”
Thompson, who led this tournament going into the final round a year ago, said she took a lot out of the week despite coming up on shot short.
“I became more consistent with my ball striking,” she said, “and then yeah, I had a few putts that I dropped. I felt so much more confident over my putts, so, you know, that's a big thing in golf.”Written by Rick Woelfel
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