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Jittery Lewis hangs on for Singapore victory

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SINGAPORE -- Stacy Lewis had a case of the jitters. She also had enough left in her game.

Lewis, the 2012 LPGA Player of the Year, won the HSBC Women's Champions on Sunday for her sixth career title on the tour. She closed with a 1-under 71, overcoming two bogeys and some shaky putting on the back nine to hold off South Korea's Na Yeon Choi by one stroke.

"The last four or five holes, I was pretty nervous, I'm not going to lie," said Lewis, who finished at 15-under 273 Sentosa Golf Club. "I just played hard and put my head down and tried to make as many putts as I could, and fortunately I came away with the win."

Choi, who had a 72, was runner-up at the tournament for the second consecutive year. She lost to Angela Stanford in a four-player playoff last year.

Paula Creamer, hampered by a shoulder injury from a car accident last week in Thailand, held a share of the lead early in the day but struggled with her putting on the back nine and faded to a 71 to finish third at 13 under. Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 74 to finish tied for 28th.

Lewis and Choi began the day with a share of the lead, but Lewis was able to gain some distance with a superb shot on the par-5 seventh hole.

After a long drive off the tee, Lewis hit a 200-yard shot toward the pin that stopped about 5 inches short. She tapped in for eagle, leaving her one shot ahead of Choi and two ahead of Creamer.

"It was probably one of the best shots I've ever hit," Lewis said. "It had to be pretty close. I couldn't really tell from where I was but it was perfect."

The back nine, however, was hardly as smooth for the 28-year-old American.

Leading by two shots on the 15th, Lewis hit her tee shot into the water for the second time this week and slammed her club into the turf. The bogey allowed Choi to pull within one, but Lewis held on.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 4, 2013 C10

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