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Lewis eyes 1st LPGA Tour win of 2014 … again

Final Round Preview – LPGA Tour –North  Texas LPGA Shootout –Las Colinas Country Club – Irving, Texas –

Texas-born Stacy Lewis moves into the final round of the North Texas LPGA Shootout with a weight of her state fans and a win-less 2014 on her shoulders.

Lewis, Rolex Ranking No. 3, is tied through 54 holes with Meena Lee at 9-under overall. Some 17 players are within four shots of the leaders. Plenty of players have a shot to win the title including recent LPGA Tour winners Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie – both are T-15 at 5-under.

Suzann Pettersen headlines a group including Dori Carter and Julieta Granada at T-3 just a shot back. Natalie Gulbis and Cristie Kerr – both at 7-under – are still in the mix, while Rolex Ranking No. 1 Inbee Park is three back and T-13.

Lewis led Lydia Ko by a shot last week at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic at Lake Merced Golf Club. But, she was outdueled by Ko finishing runner-up for a sixth time winning the RICOH Women’s British Open last summer.

Lewis was a 5 1/2-to-1 betting selection to win the title to start the week, according to www.skybet.com. Lee, a 200-1 long shot, has a difficult task ahead in the final pairing. Her second-round 64 put her in the lead. She made 20 of 26 cuts a season ago finishing 45th on the LPGA Tour Money List.

Other Golf News:

  • J.B. Holmes (13-under) leads Martin Flores by a shot at the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship. After a third-round 63, Phil Mickelson is just two back at Quail Hollow Golf Club.
  • The Greats of Golf completed an 18-hole scramble Saturday at the Champions Tour’s stop in Texas. Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Trevino shot 10-under to be crowded co-champions. Nicklaus dazzled with a hot putter early.
  • Rory McIlroy, a former World No. 1, turns 25 years old Sunday. He is T-11 heading into the final round.
  • Carlos Ortiz (12-under) leads the Web.com’s South Georgia Classic by a shot through 54 holes. A victory would be his third of the season and earn him a PGA Tour promotion.
  • Felipe Aguilar closed with a pair of 2’s on his final-round scorecard to capture the European Tour’s The Championship in Singapore. He was a 66-1 pick heading into the week.
  • Bernhard Langer (10-under) eyes his 20th career Champions Tour victory Sunday. He leads Colin Montgomerie, who shot 66 Saturday, at Insperity Invitational by three shots.