Stacy Lewis proves calm heads win trophies
Stacy Lewis proved that a calm head can be the difference when it comes to winning trophies, as was proved when she fired a wonderful seven-under-par 64 to stroll to victory in the North Texas LPGA this past week.
The world No.3 began the final round tied for the lead with South Korean Meena Lee but was simply unstoppable in her pursuit for silverware, charging to 16-under 268 for the tournament after a scintillating 72 holes.
Lewis, 29, moves up to second in the world rankings with bags of confidence coursing through her veins after claiming her ninth LPGA Tour victory after ending a frustrating run which saw her finish second in six of the last 16 tournaments.
Lewis carded her first birdie on the third hole at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving before making a decisive move approaching the turn with an eagle after holing a 25-foot putt at the seventh; quickly followed by back to back birdies at the eighth and ninth, seeing her go to 14 under.
Lee remained on nine under at the turn after sinking a mix of two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine. This gave Lewis her only slip-up of the day with an unfortunate bogey on the 11th before recovering immediately by birdieing the 12th and then sinking further birdies at the 17th and 18th to seal a sublime victory.
Lee finished with a one-under 70 to secure second place on 10 under, while Hawaiian Michelle Wie was one shot further back on 67.
“I've been wanting to do this for a long time. I kind of have these mini goals in the back of my mind,” Lewis said. “One of them was kind of taking a tournament and running away with it. ... So to be so close the last few weeks and then to come out and shoot 64, I mean I don't even know what to say.”
The Mizuno player added: “It's relief. I've been so close the last few months, and just to do it and to do it here of all places.
“It's one of those things that I almost felt like it was meant to be.”