Lewis Wins Big in Texas
While Lewis hadn’t won in 2014 prior to this week her playing record was nothing short of remarkable. In eight starts prior to coming to Dallas she had recorded eight top-10 finishes. It was fitting that her first win of the season occur in her home state.
On Kentucky Derby weekend Lewis pulled away from the field down the stretch thanks to a 7-under par 64 that brought her under the wire by six shoots over Meena Lee, who closed with a 70 after being tied for the lead at the start of the day. She finished the 72 holes at Los Colinas Country Club at 16-under par 268.
It’s the ninth win of Lewis’s career; her first since last year’s RICOH Women’s British Open. It came with family members and her college coach in the gallery.
“It’s awesome,” Lewis said. “It’s relief more than anything. I’ve been so close the last few months, you know, maybe if I win one of those, I don’t get it done here. So I think it was all meant to be. Just to be here with my family.”
Lewis had a sense before she teed off that it would be a special day. I had it planned out in my head how I was going to hit and play every single shot,” she said. “And so I never let up until I hit that shot, that last putt.”
It wasn’t a walkover for Lewis, at least at the start. Michelle Wie, who was playing five group ahead of her, heated up and got to within one shot of the lead at one point before finishing with back-to-back bogeys to finish third alone, seven shots from the lead.
But Lewis was clearly the class of the field. Three birdies and an eagle allowed her to make the turn at 14 under par and four shots clear of her challengers.
She bogeyed the 11th but birdied the 12th and wrapped up the tournament by saving par at the par-4 15th after putting her tee shot in a hazard.
“I was just really proud of the way I got it done today.” Lewis said. “I got off to kind of a slow start, but the eagle on seven just really kind of got things going in the right direction, and then just I never let up. I never let the hammer down, and making par on 15 was huge. After hitting what I thought was a good tee shot and then, you know, going in the water, but still making par, I mean that just kind of summarized the day.”
The win lifted Lewis into second place on the Rolex world rankings, ahead of Lydia Ko. She trails only number-one ranked Inbee Park.