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Stacy Lewis returns to winner’s circle ... and maybe Disney

American wins 4-woman playoff to claim Ladies Scottish Open, her 1st LPGA victory in 3 years and the 13th of her career

3: Number of years since American Stacy Lewis, who prevailed in a four-person playoff Sunday at the Ladies Scottish Open in North Berwick, Scotland, had won on the LPGA. Lewis sank a 23-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th hole at The Renaissance Club to defeat American Cheyenne Knight, Spain’s Azahara Munoz and Denmark’s Emily Kristine Pedersen. They had tied at 5-under 279 through 72 holes. In posting her 13th career victory, Lewis, 35, ended a winless streak that dated to Sept. 3, 2017, when she won the Cambia Portland Classic. In the interim, she gave birth to her first child, daughter Chesnee, on Oct. 25, 2018. This was Lewis' 25th start since having returned to competition in early 2019. “I have been trying to get a trophy from the day she was born. That's been my goal,” Lewis said. “I just called them, got to FaceTime with them. My husband [Gerrod Chadwell] said she was hitting the TV screen with her plastic golf clubs when I made that putt. So, it's just pretty cool. I can't wait to get home with them in a week or so and celebrate. But he reminded me that with our Diamond Resorts tournament, we get to take her to Disney World now.” Lewis, a former world No. 1, was the tour’s player of the year in 2012 and 2014. Trailing Munoz by one stroke entering the final round, Lewis shot 1-over 72 that included two bogeys and a double bogey, but she was able to pull even when Munoz could manage no better than 73. With the $225,000 winner’s check, Lewis moves to $13,135,753 in career earnings. She is the eighth player to top $13 million in career money. Danielle Kang, who tied for fifth, was seeking her third consecutive victory after having won the LPGA’s first two tournaments in the restarted season (scores).

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