Stacy Lewis denies defending champion Lexi Thompson

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PRATTVILLE, Ala. — Stacy Lewis is starting to feel right at home in Alabama, savoring everything from the Bermuda grass to the comfort of the familiar low-budget hotel where the staffers greet her by name.

Lewis won the Navistar LPGA Classic on Sunday for her third LPGA Tour victory in five months and second in the state, closing with 3-under-par 69 to beat defending champion Lexi Thompson by two strokes.

Lewis parred the final two holes after a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 16 gave her the final cushion.

Thompson shot 66 on The Senator course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill complex.

“Lexi was within one when we got to the 16th green and that’s the only time all day I actually knew what was going on,” Lewis said. “Making birdie there on 16 was huge to just kind of give me that cushion.”

Lewis won in Mobile in late April, edging Thompson by a stroke in that tournament. The former Arkansas star also won the Shoprite LPGA Classic in June.

Lewis finished at 18-under and earned $195,000 – but still stayed at a $75-a-night hotel in Prattville like usual.

WEB.COM TOUR: In Midland, Texas, Luke Guthrie rallied from five shots back at the beginning of the day to win the WNB Classic at Midland Country Club for his second victory in a row on the tour.

Guthrie, a former Illinois golfer who turned pro this year, closed with 6-under-par 66 to finish at 17-under 271.

He beat defending champion Danny Lee (72 on Sunday) and Cameron Percy (70) by one shot.

Aiken native Matt Hendrix shot 68 to tie for 23rd place at 281.

Augusta’s Scott Parel had 74 and tied for 55th place at 286.


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