Former Razorback Golfer Stacy Lewis Holds Off Thompson For Win At LPGA's Mobile Bay

by The Associated Press  on Monday, Apr. 30, 2012 7:25 am  

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MOBILE, Ala. — Stacy Lewis sweated out a win that came down to the last pressurized putt in a day full of them.

Lexi Thompson, meanwhile, was at her poised best — not her worst — on a Sunday in Mobile.

Lewis outlasted the rising teenager to win the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic by one stroke for her second LPGA Tour title in a round that supplied a measure of vindication for both.

Lewis, five strokes ahead early in the day, reclaimed the edge with a birdie on No. 16, while the 17-year-old Thompson parred the final hole and had to wait.

Lewis parred out. Her week was so solid that her finishing 3-under 69 was her worst round en route to a 17-under 271 total on The Crossings Course at Magnolia Grove, part of the Robert Trent Jones Trail. The former Arkansas star also won the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

"I'm getting more comfortable in this situation," said Lewis, who earned $187,500. "I think that's a lot of it, and it's definitely been coming. I lost in a playoff in Australia, so I knew I was due."

She has five top 10s in eight events this year, including a tie for second in the Women's Australian Open.

Thompson made her earn it, and found redemption from her final-round fall in Mobile a year ago. She didn't flinch under the pressure given a second shot, closing with rounds of 66 and 65, tying her career low in a bogey-free round.

"l wouldn't take last year's Sunday round back for anything, because I learned so much from that," said Thompson, whose closing 78 last season dropped her from a share of the lead to 19th. "I knew what not to do and how to prepare for it. It was a really big learning experience for me."

Thompson said she didn't check out the scores coming onto No. 18. "I looked away," she said.

Here's what she missed: Lewis secured the win with a two-putt par from the edge of the green, which she said was pretty standard for the 402-yard par 5.

"I knew it was going to be a hard two-putt no matter where I hit it," she said. "

 

 

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