Stacy Lewis Claims RICOH Women’s British Open
Stacy Lewis returned to the winner’s circle on Sunday and did it in dramatic fashion.
Lewis birdied the final two holes at the Old Course at St. Andrews to hold off Na Yeon Choi and claim the RICOH Women’s Open.
She turned in rounds of 69-72 on Sunday to finish the 72 holes at 8-under par 280. It’s Lewis’s second major title; she won the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2011. It’s also the third win of the season for the 28-year old.
“We’re at the home of golf,” she said. “To end birdie-birdie is amazing. It’s been a perfect day.”
Choi and Hee Young Park shared second place at 6-under par 282.
Inbee Park, who was bidding to become the first professional golfer, male or female, to win major titles in the same year, was never a factor after Day One and tied for 42nd at 6-over par 294.
It was a long Sunday for Lewis, who was forced to play 36 holes after play was suspended on Saturday because of heavy winds.
But she came up big down the stretch.
With six holes to play Choi held a three-shot advantage. But she bogeyed 13 and 14 while Lewis, playing three holes ahead of her, hit her approach at the par-4 17th to inside three feet, then sank her birdie putt to move into a tie for the lead.
At the par-4 18th, Lewis hit her drive to within 40 yards of the green, then used her putter to run her ball 20 feet past the flagstick.
When her birdie putt fell into the cup Lewis found herself at the top of the leaderboard.
“[The win] is up there with the Kraft, for sure,” Lewis said. “The finish might be even better than the Kraft truthfully. I made a pretty good putt at the Kraft, too.”
Choi wound up making bogey at 17 and falling short in her bid for a second major title. She won the U.S. Women’s Open in 2012.
“I feel like I missed a couple putts out there,” she said, “but still, [Lewis] playing well. She’s playing better than me. I think that’s why she won. I think I have to accept that.”