Stacy Lewis lifts the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship trophy.
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Hometown girl Stacy shot a final round of -6 under par 65 to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship by just one shot at -12 under par. She remarked about being on edge, but loved the way the crowd cheered her on;
“I think a little bit of 18 was relief that it was done because I was so stressed out all day and so on edge just wanting to pull every shot off. But then it was just excitement to hear the crowd react the way they did and just the people just to go nuts. “
“I mean, that’s why I play. I play to get in the heat of the battle, to have that chance to win at the end. That’s why I play. And I want to see where my game is at that point because that’s the ultimate test, because if you can pull it off when the tournament is on the line, you know you’re doing some good things just to pull off those shots.”
Stacy had started the day four shots off the lead of Michelle Wie, she responded by carding seven birdies against one bogey in her charge to the front;
“Actually I didn’t really know much. I knew when I made the turn obviously I was a few behind. Then coming down to 15 a fan actually yelled like, ‘You’re one behind,’ or something like that and I didn’t know where I stood at that point. So I got an assist there. But then I came off of 17, I saw that Lydia made birdie on 18, so I was glad that I had one more hole to play, I had a chance. I knew if I could birdie 18 and get in the clubhouse that would be a pretty good number.”
“These wins, they don’t get easier, you look at the names on that leaderboard, some great, great players. Lydia I think shot 65 today, Cristie played well. I mean, it doesn’t get any easier. But it’s also fun, it makes me work harder, it makes me want to be better and I think it’s good for everybody.”
Tied in second place at -11 under par were Lydia Ko, Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford. Lydia remarked that Stacy is playing great golf;
“She’s playing some awesome golf. she’s I think one of the most consistent players out on the tour right now. She’s having consistent top tens, like Michelle and I think it’s great that we’re playing in her hometown, and the best thing is she’s World No. 1 and they’re proud to say it.”
Cristie was ruing some missed chances;
“I mean, I had my chances. I just didn’t hit a good wedge shot. I actually didn’t hit a couple good wedge shots today and you’ve got to get the ball to the hole if you want it to go in, so I just left a couple short coming in.”
Angela said she had been putting pretty well, and she had enjoyed her tournament;
“It was very steady, so that was good. I hit it good all week, and more importantly I was putting well. I think it’s more fun when you putt good. So 13 and 14 I’ve had a tough time with for a long time, so they got me again, but it was a good week.”
” I love this place. I love the community, the sponsors, Walmart, P&G, Pinnacle. I mean, the whole place embraces us and it’s awesome, so it’s a good week.”
Michelle Wie had a final round +2 over par 73, tied in 8th place.