Lewis rallies to win in Arkansas

 

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Rogers, AK (SportsNetwork.com) - Stacy Lewis fired a 6-under 65 on Sunday to come from behind and win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.

Lewis collected her 11th career victory and third of the season at 12-under- par 201. She also won the North Texas LPGA Shootout and ShopRite LPGA Classic.

"I can tell you I was more nervous today than I was at the U.S. Open last week and that is just how much this place means to me," said Lewis, who went to college at Arkansas. "I have never heard cheers so loud and it's just really, really special to win here."

Lydia Ko also shot 65 to jump into a share of second place with Cristie Kerr (67) and Angela Stanford (67) at 11-under, while So Yeon Ryu (69) finished in fifth at minus-10.

Suzann Pettersen and Chella Choi carded matching 2-under 69s during their final round at Pinnacle Country Club to tie for sixth at 9-under 204.

Second-round leader Michelle Wie, who was coming off a win at the U.S. Women's Open, tripped to a 2-over 73 to fall into a share of eighth place at 8-under 205.

Wie entered the final round with a 2-stroke lead and parred her first eight holes to allow the remainder of the field to catch up.

Lewis was the first to cut into Wie's advantage with consecutive birdies at the fifth and sixth, moving her within one at 9-under.

Kerr was next as she converted a pair of birdies at the third and fifth to join Lewis in second place before she stayed hot with another gain at the sixth to claim a share of the lead.

Choi, who had reached 8-under with a birdie at the second, recorded a hole-in- one at the sixth to also reach minus-10.

Stanford made it a 4-way tie for the lead with three straight birdies from the fifth before Wie lost her share with a bogey at the ninth. Wie would go on to drop shots at the 10th and 11th to fall well off the pace.

Stanford, meanwhile, broke from the pack with a birdie at the 11th, but then bogeyed the 13th to fall back into a tie with Kerr at 10-under. Choi had bogeyed the 10th and 11th to drop to 8-under.

Ko was making her way up the leaderboard with a bogey-free round that included birdies at the second, fifth, ninth and 15th before grabbing a share of the lead with another gain at the 17th. She would also birdie the 18th to claim the clubhouse lead at 11-under.

After Kerr also reached 11-under with a birdie at the 15th, Lewis recorded back-to-back birdies at the 15th and 16th to make it a 3-way tie for the lead.

Lewis then moved ahead with about a 7-foot birdie putt at the 18th.

"I don't know what it is about these final rounds. I love getting into the heat of battle on the last day and just making some birdies," Lewis said. "It was one of the coolest rounds I've ever played."

Needing a birdie at the last force a playoff, Kerr came up short on a lengthy birdie putt to finish alongside Ko in second place.

NOTES: Lewis collected $300,000 with the win and has now earned $1,881,227 this season, overtaking Wie for the top spot on the money list ... Lewis also won this event as an amateur in 2007, but it was an unofficial win as the tournament was shortened to 18 holes because of rain ... The LPGA Tour has off next week before moving to England for the Ricoh Women's British Open, where Lewis will defend her title.

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