Stacy Lewis rallies for emotional Arkansas LPGA win

AFP| Updated: Jun 30, 2014, 09:59 AM IST

World number one Stacy Lewis fired a six-under 65 on Sunday to seize an emotional come-from-behind triumph in the LPGA Northwest Arkansas Championship.

Lewis, who attended the University of Arkansas in nearby Fayetteville, collected her 11th career victory and third of the season with a 12-under-par 201 in the 54-hole event.

She also won the North Texas LPGA Shootout and ShopRite LPGA Classic, but she admitted this one was tougher.

"It`s so hard to play here," said Lewis, who was the focus of exuberant support from the crowd. "I can tell you I was more nervous today than I was at the US Open last week. That`s just how much this place means to me."

New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko also fired a final-round 65 to jump into a share of second place with US veteran Cristie Kerr (67) and American Angela Stanford (67) on 202.

South Korea`s Ryu So-Yeon closed with a 69 for 203, one stroke in front of Chella Choi, of South Korea, and Norway`s Suzann Pettersen.

American Michelle Wie, who was coming off her first major title at the US Women`s Open at Pinehurst, held a two-stroke lead going into the final round but tripped to a two-over 73 to fall into a share of eighth place on eight-under 205.

Seventy-two players had to complete the second round on Sunday morning after storms halted play on Saturday, although Wie was already in the clubhouse with the lead on Saturday night.