Lewis gives winnings to Houston

Ashley Carr
September 4, 2017

Even before the event began, Lewis announced that she would donate her entire cheque this week to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston, where her husband is the women's golf coach at the University of Houston.

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.

Lewis led by three shots overnight, and she made the flawless start with birdies at the first two holes before responding to a bogey at the fourth with further gains at six and seven which hoisted her to 20 under par.

It was also revealed following her win that her primary sponsor KPMG would be matching her winnings, doubling the donation amount to $US390,000 ($NZ 544,844).

Lewis, who did well to avoid dropping shots on both the final two holes, admitted the final day was "much harder" than she had anticipated before clinching her first LPGA Tour title since 2014. Her 8-under-par 64 has been the round of the tournament so far. Chun missed a short birdie putt at the par-4 14th, and pulled to within a stroke with a 45-foot birdie at the par-3 16th. "I was hitting a lot of good shots, a lot of good putts ... they just weren't going on".

"That's unbelievable", she said.

"It's been tremendous week for me", said Miyazato, who finished tied for fifth, her best finish of the season.

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With 11 LPGA Tour wins already under her belt, Lewis commented: "It would honestly probably be one of the most special". Chun was another stroke back after a 69.

"When I said that, I had the goal of winning the tournament", Lewis said.

Being tied at 10-under par with Lewis, Henderson said, "Hopefully, I can just continue that trend over the next two days". She parred every hole on the back nine. She also broke through in Portland after finishing second twice - two strokes behind Suzann Pettersen in 2013 and four shots behind Brooke Henderson a year ago.

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

The 32-year-old Japanese will call it a career after taking part in the September 14-17 Evian Championship in France.

At the 18th, Lewis pushed her tee shot to a fairway bunker on the right but placed her second shot to the back of the green en route to making the closing par.

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