Chun In-Gee seizes early lead at LPGA Portland Classic

Stacy Lewis

Associated Press Stacy Lewis donated her $195,000 winnings from the Cambia Portland Classic to relief efforts in Houston

Stacy Lewis donates to Houston flood relief after winning the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic.

American Stacy Lewis continued her sizzling play and will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic in Portland, Oregon.

Lewis made a key up-and-down on the par-4 17th, chipping downhill on a firm green to within seven feet and draining the save to preserve her lead.

One of Lewis' main sponsors, KPMG, pledged to match whatever the check amount turned out to be (first place: $195,000).

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.

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Lewis, 32, is a Toledo, Ohio, native who grew up in the Houston area and remains closely tied to the region.

It all came down to the last hole, and it seemed as if Chun had a chance when Lewis hit her tee shot into the fairway bunker, but then Chun followed by landing hers over the green.

"Say what you want", said her mom Carol, "it's a God thing".

"Just playing here I have so many incredible memories from two years ago, and last year, and I just try to feed off the energy and adrenaline that I felt over the past couple years".

He had flown to from Houston to Portland Sunday to surprise her. "I kind of put all the eyeballs on me and put some pressure on myself, so it's nice to kind of see myself performing, too".

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She said she's looking forward to next week and trying to lock up a victory before the season is through, perhaps even, at the year's final major.

But Chun was unable to find the birdie she needed over the final two holes to force a play-off, and Lewis held her composure to complete an emotional win with her 11th consecutive par. She broke down in tears on the 18th when she saw him.

"You can't just get up there and bomb it", Lewis said.

Finishing second in tournaments, "sometimes it's your fault, sometimes it's not", she said. Lewis followed his struggles from afar as he worked to help his players when the campus shut down. "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".

Lewis first won on the LPGA at the ANA Inspiration (then the Kraft Nabisco) in 2011, four months after she and her mother returned from a humanitarian trip to Rwanda with LPGA Hall of Famer Betsy King.

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