Golfer Lewis eyeing a win for Houston

American golfer Stacy Lewis says watching the resolve of the victims of a hurricane in her home town of Houston, Texas, has spurred her to help out. KPMG, one of her sponsors, announced it was going to match Lewis' winnings in the relief effort. "Everybody talks about it", Lewis said. "I haven't anxious about anything and just played really solid". "People wanted me to win this for Houston". "Still, I think it hit it pretty good".

Lewis, who is poised to win her first tournament in three years, is donating her prize money, win or lose, to the victims of Tropical Storm Harvey, which has killed at least 42 people and unleashed massive flooding that damaged up to 50,000 homes in Houston.

"I want to finish in the top five", Hataoka said.

"Feel like I played well at Solheim, and last week took the week off just trying to recover".

"I'm excited to get the monkey off my back and just to know I can do it", Lewis said.

Lewis grew up in The Woodlands, outside Houston, and lives nearby with Chadwell, so it was especially hard for her to be away from home when the hurricane hit with calamitous impact. She didn't know he had made the trip to OR until he appeared on the green - after hiding out in the Golf Channel tower during the round.

"When I said that, I had the goal of winning the tournament", Lewis said. That's a long time to have gone without closing out a victory.

Lewis parred the final 11 holes. "To make that up and down on 17 and then to hit the shot out of the bunker on 18, it's something you dream about". "It was a really tough shot and to see it go in just made me really happy and it changed my day".

"I had a lot of solid shots on the course". Lewis made her par attempt to stay one ahead of Chun with one to play.

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Lewis had not won in 82 starts since the 2014 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship and endured several near-misses over the last three seasons with no fewer than 12 runner-up finishes, including a second place in Portland last season.

Chun cut the lead to two with birdies at the par-5 10th and 12th. She had a hole-in-one Wednesday in the pro-am playing alongside Nancy Lopez, the only three-time victor in event history.

Lewis, of Toledo, Ohio, carded eight birdies and no bogeys in her round, which she considered one of her best of the year. She parred every hole on the back nine.

"It was a great round today", Chun said. I really enjoy playing with Stacy.

"I knew I could win, but it's always hard".

Chun fired a bogey free 6-under-par 66 Sunday, but just ran out of holes.

Brittany Altomare (69) and Moriya Jutanugarn (72) tied for third at 14 under. Henderson had a 74 to drop into a tie for 13th at eight under. The Japanese star plans to retire after The Evian Championship in two weeks in France.

Lewis was making her 83rd start since her last victory.

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