Last week, LPGA No. 1 ranked golfer Stacy Lewis finished second to Michelle Wie at the US Open, losing by two shots. Despite the fact she was competing for a major golf championship last week, Lewis admitted that she was more nervous at this week’s LPGA NW Arkansas Championship. “It’s so hard to play here, it’s so much harder than people think. I can tell you I was more nervous today than I was at the U.S. Open last week, that’s just how much this place means to me,” stated Lewis.
Why was Sunday’s final round at the NW Arkansas Championship so nerve-wracking for Lewis? Perhaps it was due to the fact that she was playing in front of her adopted home-crowd, having been a four-time All American at the University of Arkansas during her college years.
Lewis, now age 29, fed off the adrenaline from her screaming fans to complete a come-from-behind victory on Sunday, shooting a 6-under 65 to claim her third LPGA victory of the year and retain her world No.1 ranking.
It's official! University of Arkansas grad @Stacy_Lewis (-12) wins in Arkansas. She shot 66-65 on the weekend. Well played, Stacy!
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigestMag) June 29, 2014
Things were not looking so great heading into Sunday’s final round, however. Last week’s US Open winner, Michelle Wie, was ahead of the pack and looking confident once again. However, struggles on the first two holes and a three-putt bogey at the ninth left Wie with a 2-over 73 for the day, finishing tied for eighth place.
“Coming off of last week where I was so close and to come here and to win, it’s really nice to just have that going into the British (Open in two weeks). I don’t know what it is about these final rounds, I love getting in the heat of the battle the last day and making some birdies,” Lewis remarked.
Down the stretch, Lewis’s birdie-making abilities held true as she was able to birdied three of the last four holes, finally taking a one-stroke lead after a seven-foot birdie on the 18th.
“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,” stated Lewis.
Lewis hopes to keep her 2014 momentum as she heads to the British Open in two weeks.
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