Lewis edges out Tseng for first LPGA Tour title
Stacy Lewis held off defending champion Yani Tseng to win the Kraft
Nabisco Championship by three strokes in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on
Sunday, earning her first LPGA Tour title in the year’s first major on
April 4, 2011.
Lewis shot a 3-under 69 to finish at 13-under 275, rallying from an
early two-stroke deficit while going head-to-head with the world’s
Lewis’ putt on the 17th broke abruptly to the left and dropped straight
home, with Lewis raising her fist in celebration. The 26-year-old from
Texas with her alma mater’s Arkansas Razorbacks head cover on her driver
then stood staring at the green, hands on her knees in exhaustion, while
Tseng missed a par putt that essentially clinched it.
Morgan Pressel, Katie Futcher and Angela Stanford finished nine strokes
behind Lewis in a third-place tie. Michelle Wie and 2007 champion
Pressel both faltered badly in their final rounds after starting the day
within striking distance of Tseng and Lewis, with Wie falling into sixth
wore a back brace for seven and a half years and then had spinal surgery
at age 18. In spite of an operation for scoliosis, Stacy wins the LPGA.