Stacy Lewis secures emotional victory in Portland

Lewis ended a long winless streak Sunday at the Cambia Portland Classic, with her $195,000 in winnings going to the relief efforts in her hometown.

The 32-year-old Lewis, from The Woodlands just north of Houston, won her 12th LPGA Tour title and first since June 2014, ending a frustrating stretch that included 12 runner-up finishes.

From the Houston area, Lewis has pledged to give her earnings - first place is worth $US195,000 - to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts there.

Chun was also three under for the day at the turn and, while Lewis was content to grind out the pars, the South Korean kept the pressure on with birdies at the 10th, 12th and 16th to trim the deficit to just a single stroke. "It's nice to see yourself do that again". "Just what we're going to be able to do, we're going to be able to help me rebuild houses and get their homes back. That's more important than any win", said Lewis.

Jutanugarn matched the fast start by Lewis, also registering birdies on five of the first eight holes in her round of 66.

It had been 83 starts since her last win, which came at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.

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Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand and Brittany Altomare of Prattville, Alabama tied for third at 14-under. There have been two Solheim Cup victories for Team USA and Stacy Lewis has figured prominently in both wins. After missing the green on her approach at 17, Lewis made a clutch up-and-down punctuated by a key par putt to keep the lead at one.

"I wrote down a 2 on the scorecard before she even hit her putt because I knew she was going to make it", Lewis said.

Instead, she's thinking about how to best put that money into action. "I met them through playing golf... so many good people on the tour, so I'm definitely going to miss them". She hit it to the back of the green and couldn't get the ball to stop. "My caddie (Travis Wilson) has been here way more times than anybody probably in this field, and so I think we have an advantage as far as knowing the golf course". As she played the week prior in the Canadian Pacific Women's Open, Lewis was in Ottawa as her home town and surrounding region were battered, flooded and crushed by Hurricane Harvey and its unprecedented rain dump on southeastern Texas.

The LPGA Tour now moves to Indianapolis for the Indy Women in Tech Championship ahead of the Evian Championship in France the following week.

"When I said that, I had the goal of winning the tournament", Lewis said. Lewis followed his struggles from afar as he worked to help his players when the campus shut down.

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