Lewis pledges prize money to victims

Sep 04, 2017, 11:27
Lewis pledges prize money to victims

The LPGA tournament victory snaps a three-year drought for Lewis, who hasn't claimed a LPGA tournament victory since 2014.

American golfer Stacy Lewis says watching the resolve of the victims of a hurricane in her home town of Houston, Texas, has spurred her to help out.

Lewis won after announcing before the tournament started that she was going to donate her winnings in Portland to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. In Gee Chun, who was playing with Lewis, steadily chipped away at the lead until they were walking down the 18th, Lewis up by only one.

Lewis led by three shots overnight, and she made the ideal start with birdies at the first two holes before responding to a bogey at the fourth with further gains at six and seven which hoisted her to 20 under par.

Moriya had six top-10 finishes so far this season.

South Korea's Chun In-Gee, who started the day in a three-way tie for the lead, had three birdies and 15 pars for a three-under 69 that left her four shots off the pace at 203. "I will just try and continue that trend over the next two days".

"I have been motivated", said Lewis.

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Gerrod Chadwell, Lewis' husband, is the head coach of Houston's women's golf program and had to deal with Harvey uprooting his team for the time being.

Lewis, 32, has endured some frustration trying to collect her 12th LPGA title.

Indeed, it was her second-lowest single round score of the year (she shot a 63 at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic in January, the first event of the year). Annika Sorenstam had a chance in 2004 for a third straight at Columbia Edgewater, but she finished two shots behind Hee-Won Han.

"You know, when I said that I had the goal of winning the tournament-you got to get a lot of things right, to go your way", Lewis said standing off the 18th green. "I was able to go 4 under par after that point which was really important and help me get to 10 under". She also is only 20 points between Ryu for player of the year. She parred every hole on the back nine.

The 32-year-old American looked well on course to be able to hand over the Dollars 195,000 (£150,000) first prize when she started the day with a three-shot lead over the chasing pack and then birdied the opening two holes.

First place pays US$195,000 and second pays US$120,000.

With 11 LPGA Tour wins already under her belt, Lewis commented: "It would honestly probably be one of the most special". "It's nice to see yourself do that again".

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