Stacy Lewis from runner-up to runaway LPGA winner

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 5, 2014 at 2:46 am •  Published: May 5, 2014
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IRVING, Texas (AP) — Stacy Lewis went from all those runner-up finishes to a runaway victory.

There would be no "second-place Stacy" in her home state after a spectacular finish Sunday with family and friends watching at the North Texas LPGA Shootout.

"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," Lewis said. "It's one of those things that I almost felt like it was meant to be."

After six runner-up finishes in her previous 16 tournaments, Lewis shot a closing 7-under 64 to finish at 16-under 268 and six strokes ahead of runner-up Meena Lee. That is the LPGA Tour's largest margin of victory since Jiyai Shin won the 2012 Women's British Open by nine.

"I kind of have these mini goals in the back of my mind. ... One of them was kind of taking a tournament and running away with it," Lewis said. "It's what I've always wanted to do."

Lewis made a putt from about 25 feet off the fringe at the 540-yard seventh for an eagle. She followed with consecutive birdies to make the turn at 14 under and leading by three strokes. She had birdies the final two holes, punctuating her round with another long putt at No. 18.

It was Lewis' ninth career LPGA Tour victory, her first since August in the Women's British Open, and will boost her from third to second in the world ranking.

Defending champion Inbee Park closed with a 72 to tie for 14th at 5 under. That will be good enough when the new world ranking comes out to stay No. 1 for the 56th consecutive week since the South Korean replaced Lewis at the top.

Lewis will supplant Lydia Ko, who didn't play in North Texas. Ko had moved to No. 2 after her victory a week ago in San Francisco only days after her 17th birthday.

Lee, the South Korean who got the last of her two LPGA Tour titles in 2006, started the final round at Las Colinas Country Club tied with Lewis for the lead. Lee bogeyed the first hole and needed a birdie at No. 18 to finish with a 70 and sole possession of second place.