PORTLAND, Ore. – Stacy Lewis played out a nail-biting finish snapping a three-year winless streak with a one-shot victory at the Cambia Portland Classic Presented by JTBC on Sunday.
Lewis, a The Woodlands, Texas, native and current Houston resident, picked up a $195,000 paycheck which she will donate to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Her title sponsor, KMPG, will match that donation.
Lewis entered the day with a solid lead but In Gee Chun put a lot of pressure on the former Razorback in the final round. Lewis finished shooting 70–64–65–69—268 (-20).
“I knew it was gonna be hard,” Lewis said. “When I said that (about donating her winnings), I had the goal of winning the tournament but you have to have a lot of things to go right. It is great to think we are going to make a difference – help people rebuild their homes. It’s amazing.”
The win is Lewis’ first in 83 starts and her first since her 2014 win at the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G. Lewis had 33 top-10 and 12 runner-up finishes in that stretch.
The victory was not without drama and Lewis left some shots out on the course with three missed birdie putts. Chun, meanwhile, played six-under in the final round pushing Lewis in the final nine holes.
Chun birdied the 16th hole and cut Lewis’ lead to one with two holes to play. As they moved to the 17th hole, Lewis hit her tee shot to 151 yards but her second shot bounced on the hard, fast green rolling just off the putting surface.
Chun left herself a 15-foot putt for birdie but pushed it right by 18 inches as both players managed to par the hole.
The final pairing moved to the 18th hole, the toughest playing hole for the round. Lewis dropped her tee shot into the middle of the bunker on the right side of the fairway while Chun was in the first cut of the ruff near the bunker.
Chun flew her second shot to the middle of the green but the firm surface bounced her attempt over into the ruff as she narrowly avoided the back bunker.
Lewis had 135 yards to the hole and had a good lie in the sand. She hit the ball cleanly and watched it roll to the back of the green.
Lewis would have to make par and Chun needed a birdie to force a playoff. Lewis two-putted for par to win the tournament. The emotional win was tabbed as one of the best stories on the Tour this year by the Golf Channel talent.