LPGA Tracker: Lewis wins Walmart NW Arkansas

Stacy Lewis during Sunday's final round of the LPGA's 2014 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
Stacy Lewis during Sunday's final round of the LPGA's 2014 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship ( Associated Press )

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Michelle Wie started Sunday's final round of the 54-hole Walmart NW Arkansas Championship leading by two, but the U.S. Women's Open champ's bid for her second straight win was usurped by World No. 1 Stacy Lewis in the latter's home state to take her third win of the LPGA season.

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Update No. 25: 7:04 p.m. EDT

Cristie Kerr can't hole a long birdie try and Stacy Lewis is in position to win the LPGA's 2014 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. So Yeon Ryu and Angela Stanford have one last chance each if they can eagle the par-5 18th, but Stanford settles for birdie and Ryu's pitch-in attempt to tie misses. Lewis wins in Arkansas.

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Update No. 24: 6:52 p.m. EDT

Cristie Kerr hits her approach on the 18th pin high, but it rolls back and leaves her a long birdie putt to try to catch leader Stacy Lewis and force a playoff.

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Update No. 23: 6:41 p.m. EDT

A closing birdie gives Stacy Lewis a one-shot lead as she heads in to sign for a 65, matching the round of the day carded by Lydia Ko, Julieta Granada and Meena Lee.

Cristie Kerr is a shot back with one hole left to finish, with Angela Stanford and So Yeon Ryu two back with one and two holes to finish respectively.

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Update No. 22: 6:36 p.m. EDT

So Yeon Ryu has gotten back in the mix after playing the front in 2 over – birdies at Nos. 10, 12, 15 and 16 have her at 10 under, one back of the co-leaders and T-4 with Angela Stanford.

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Update No. 21: 6:27 p.m. EDT

A birdie at the 15th pulls Cristie Kerr back into a tie for the lead, getting to 11 under alongside Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis. Our senior writer Beth Ann Nichols check in on Twitter with a look at Ko's climb late:

Lewis has one hole to play.

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Update No. 20: 6:22 p.m. EDT

Lydia Ko birdies the 18th to head to the clubhouse tied for the lead with Stacy Lewis, who has one hole to play.

Cristie Kerr is a shot back with three to play.

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Update No. 19: 6:09 p.m. EDT

A birdie at the 16th pushes Stacy Lewis into the lead outright at 11 under, one shot ahead of Cristie Kerr and Lydia Ko. Lewis notched an unofficial win in her home state's event in 2007, when she won as the tournament was shortened to 18 holes because of rain.

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Update No. 18: 5:56 p.m. EDT

Angela Stanford bogeys the 14th to slip a shot back of co-leaders Cristie Kerr, Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis.

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Update No. 17: 5:50 p.m. EDT

Lydia Ko and Stacy Lewis birdie the 17th and 13th to move into a tie for the lead, also shared by Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford. Hang on, folks.

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Update No. 16: 5:34 p.m. EDT

A bogey at the 13th has Angela Stanford tied for the lead with Cristie Kerr, with Stacy Lewis and Lydia Ko a shot back. Ko has just three holes to play, the rest five.

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Update No. 15: 5:31 p.m. EDT

Lydia Ko birdies the 15th to move to T-3 at 9 under, having scattered four birdies against 10 pars so far today. She's 2 back of leader Angela Stanford.

Michelle Wie ends her bogey streak with a par at the 12th to remain four back at 7 under – but the eight-par, three-bogey start to her round has her just one of three players in the top 31 who are over par.

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Update No. 14: 5:20 p.m. EDT

Leader Angela Stanford and Cristie Kerr par the 12th as Stanford remains a shot ahead, while Stacy Lewis pars the 13th to stay two back.

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Update No. 13: 5:11 p.m. EDT

Make it three straight bogeys for Michelle Wie as she falls four back of leader Angela Stanford with seven to play. Not looking like she'll earn her third win of the LPGA season today.

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Update No. 12: 4:56 p.m. EDT

A birdie at No. 11 moves Angela Stanford into the outright lead at 11 under, one ahead of Cristie Kerr and two ahead of Chella Choi and Stacy Lewis.

Michelle Wie bogeys her second straight hole to drop to 8 under, T-5 with five others.

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Update No. 11: 4:42 p.m. EDT

Just before making the turn, Michelle Wie bogeys the ninth hole to slip to 9 under, T-2 with Stacy Lewis and one back of co-leaders Chella Choi, Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford. That means Wie and So Yeon Ryu are the only players in the top 20 who are over par today.

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Update No. 10: 4:34 p.m. EDT

Meena Lee birdies No. 17 and is 6 under for her round, matching Julieta Granada for the low score of the day as each has one hole to play. They're among five players T-6 at 8 under.

Only one player, by the way, in the top 13 hasn't broken par so far today – and that's co-leader Michelle Wie, who's even through eight. She started the day out front by two and is tied at 10 under with Chella Choi, Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford.

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Update No. 9: 4:26 p.m. EDT

Suzann Pettersen birdies No. 9 to move to solo fifth at 9 under, a shot back of the co-leaders. Former Arkansas Razorback Stacy Lewis bogeys No. 9 to slip to T-6 at 8 under.

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Update No. 8: 4:14 p.m. EDT

Eight holes, eight pars for Michelle Wie as she started the day with a two-shot lead and is now part of a four-way tie for the top spot on the leaderboard with Chella Choi, Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford.

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Update No. 7: 3:56 p.m. EDT

Room for one more? You bet. Angela Stanford birdies No. 7 to move to 10 under, creating a four-way tie for the lead with Chella Choi, Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie. This is setting up for a great finish today.

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Update No. 6: 3:47 p.m. EDT

Julieta Granada has the rounds of the day going thus far, 6 under through 14 holes to climb to T-6 at 8 under. Granada, of Paraguay, has birdied three straight and five of her last eight holes in search of her second LPGA win.

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Update No. 5: 3:38 p.m. EDT

And a birdie at No. 6 pulls Chella Choi into a share of the lead at 10 under alongside Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie; all have 12 holes to play. Choi is looking for her first career win.

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Update No. 4: 3:29 p.m. EDT

Cristie Kerr's second-straight birdie and third in four holes lifts her into a share of the lead with Michelle Wie at 10 under. Kerr is looking for her first win of the season and seventh top-10 finish. And oh by the way, she's readily embracing her role of mom, too.

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Update No. 3: 3:22 p.m. EDT

Birdies by Stacy Lewis at the sixth and Cristie Kerr at the fifth pull both players within a shot of leader Michelle Wie. We've got a ball game here, folks.

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Update No. 2: 3:12 p.m. EDT

Michelle Wie adds another par, her fourth straight out of the gate, to remain 10 under and leading by two. Our Jim Achenbach followed up on her U.S. Women's Open victory at Pinehurst with something of a retrospective of Wie's climb to her first major title.

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Update No. 1: 3:05 p.m. EDT

Leader Michelle Wie is even through her first three holes to remain 10 under with a two-shot lead.

Stacy Lewis has moved into a tie for second with birdies at Nos. 1 and 5; she's 8 under, as are Chella Choi, Cristie Kerr and So Yeon Ryu.

Seven players are T-6 another shot back, including Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen.

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Recent coverage

• Wie leads rain-delayed NW Arkansas Championship

ROGERS, Ark. — Michelle Wie shot her second straight 5-under 66 on Saturday to take a two-shot lead in the suspended second round of the NW Arkansas Championship. Coming off a victory Sunday in the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst, Wie had six birdies and a bogey in her morning round at Pinnacle Country Club. So Yeon Ryu, paired with Wie, was second after her second straight 67.

• Wie 1 back of Sharp at Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Michelle Wie didn't let a little thing like a hectic national media tour slow the momentum following her U.S. Women's Open victory last week at Pinehurst. The former prodigy continued her resurgence on the LPGA Tour on Friday, shooting a 5-under 66 to finish a stroke behind leader Alena Sharp after the first round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.

• Creamer, Gulbis withdraw in Arkansas

Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis have withdrawn from the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Friday. Creamer cited a thumb injury, while Gulbis with a hip injury. Creamer finished T-15 at last week's U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina, while Gulbis missed the cut. Creamer was supposed to tee off with Women's Open champion Michelle Wie and So Yeon Ryu at 1:25 p.m. in the first round. In 2013, she finished T-7 at the event.

• NYC media tour shows Wie transcends golf on global scale

Two days after Michelle Wie won the U.S. Women’s Open, she sat in a Chipotle in the bottom of the Empire State Building eating a burrito bowl. “Can you believe I was two matches away from playing in the Masters at 15?” asked Wie, who advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links in 2005. “Where do you go from there?” Funny, that’s the very question being asked about Wie now that she has won her first major championship.

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