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Stacy Lewis wins second major at British Open
August 04, 2013

Stacy Lewis, 2013 RICOH Women's British Open

American Stacy Lewis closed with a pair of birdies on The Old Course at St Andrews and earned her second major championship at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

Playing in the sixth last group, under sunny skies, the World No.2 fired a final round of 72 to set the target at 208, eight-under-par.

Na Yeon Choi needed to eagle the last hole to force a play-off but after a nervous wait on the practice green, Lewis could finally celebrate a two stroke win when Cho bogeyed the final hole.

Lewis played the first 36 holes of the championship in five-under-par and the second 36, through windy, testing conditions, in three-under-par.

Lewis, who was undefeated in the 2008 Curtis Cup at St Andrews, when she posted a 5-0 record, said that it felt like destiny that she should claim the title.

“I felt so comfortable out there, I almost felt like it was meant to be,” said Lewis, who ends a run of 10 women’s major championships won by Asian players. She was the last non-Asian player to win a major when she won the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2011.

Lewis, who is an inspiration to many youngsters who face adversity, wore a back brace for seven and a half years from the age of 11 to 18 due to scoliosis, or curvature of the spine. The only time she didn’t wear it was when playing golf.

She showed her grit and determination, coming through the field with a steady back nine of 36. An eagle putt on 14 slipped by, but the resultant birdie was enough to get her back on the wagon.

At the difficult 17th, she played a beautiful 5-iron shot that saw her ball finish around three feet from the hole.

She then holed a long putt on 18 to seal a solid round, after playing 36 holes on the same day, due to the suspension of play due to high winds on Saurday. Hee Young Park and Choi signed for matching final rounds of 73 and tied for second on six-under-par.

Third round leader Morgan Pressel of the USA tied for fourth place with Norwegian Suzann Pettersen on five-under-par.

Choi had set off well and had a three shot lead but then fell away with three bogeys in her last six holes and had to chase, one shot behind as she played the 18th hole.

Lydia Ko and Georgia Hall tied for 42nd place on six-over-par and shared the Smyth Salver as the leading amateurs.

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IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE with STACY LEWIS

2013 RICOH Women’s British Open

The Old Course, St. Andrews

Born: The Woodlands, Texas

Lives: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Birthdate: February 16, 1985 – currently 28 years, 5 months, and 19 days

Qualified for LPGA Tour: Earned medalist honors at the 2008 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament

Turned Professional: June 2008

VICTORIES

* LPGA: Eighth-career victory; second-career major championship Previous wins: 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship, 2012 Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, 2012 ShopRite LPGA Classic, 2012 Navistar LPGA Classic, 2012 Mizuno Classic, 2013 HSBC Women’s Champions, 2013 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup

MONEY

* CAREER: With the $412,500 first-place check, Stacy surpasses LPGA and World Golf Halls of Famer Nancy Lopez to move into the 40th spot on the LPGA Career Money List with $5,422,741

* SEASON: Crosses the $1 million in season earnings for the third time in her career: Stacy has earned $1,329,299 this season and is 2nd on the 2013 LPGA Official Money List

ROLEX RANKINGS

* Maintains the No. 2 spot in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

TOURNAMENT SPECIFIC

* Previous finishes at the U.S. Women’s Open: 2007 - CUT; 2008 – T3; 2009 – T48; 2010 – T14; 2011 – T34; 2012 – T46

*OF NOTE

* Breaks a streak of 10-consecutive Asian-born players winning LPGA major championships and is the first American to win a major since she won her first major title at the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship

* First American to win the Women’s British Open since Sherri Steinhauer won in 2006

SOLHEIM CUP

* Earned 120 points and finishes the U.S. Solheim Cup Team points race ranked first with 977 points

2013 IN A NUTSHELL

* 17 events, 17 cuts made, $1,329,299 earned, 3 wins, 12 top-10s

2012 RECAP

* Earned Rolex Player of the Year honors, becoming the first American player to win the award since Beth Daniel in 1994

* 26 events, 25 cuts made, $1,872,409 earned (3), four victories, 12 additional top-10 finishes, three runner-up finishes

* Placed in the top-10 in nine additional categories including greens in regulation (75%), putts per greens in regulation (1.751), scoring average (70.333), rounds under par (58), birdies (362), eagles (12), rounds in the 60’s (33), sub-par holes (374), and finished third on the money list with $1,872,409

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