Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Ariya, Lewis share Founders lead

Ariya, Lewis share Founders lead

Nordqvist took control of the tournament with a course record third round of 11-under 61 to lead by two with 18 holes to play and put the result beyond doubt with a 4-under Sunday round.

Lewis was seeking her 12th LPGA title, and she made a strong early run, opening with a pair of birdies to catch Nordqvist, who pulled back ahead with four birdies over the first 13 holes.

The Wildfire Golf Club gave up low scores all week and Nordqvist knew before the round she would need to go low to take the title.

A disappointing bogey at the 72, just her third dropped shot of the week, was of no outcome as she claimed the trophy and winner's cheque for $225,000 with a 26-under-par total.

"Of all my wins this is probably going to be the one that's the most special", she said in a televised interview. "Like if it wouldn't be for me getting an opportunity to come to Arizona State University about ten years ago, I wouldn't be here today", said Nordqvist.

"I'm so happy, more than happy, and I have a auto", Jang said. But even though I live in Florida now, this definitely feels like home.

"We both played great the last three days and kind of fed off each other", Lewis said. "I'm really proud of the way I've played the last two days".

"Hit a lot good shots and didn't quite get rewarded for them", said Lewis, who tied for second with Ariya Jutanugarn and In Gee Chun. She two-putted for birdie.

"Maybe it was meant to be".

Stacy Lewis, South Korea's Chun In-gee and Thai Ariya Jutanugarn finished in a three-way tie for second on 23-under, with three more South Koreans - Park In-bee, Jang Ha-na and Ryu So-yeon - two shots further back.

She has been building steadily after beginning the year with a 46th placing at the Women's Australian Open in Adelaide in February.

Sarah Jane Smith was the leading Australian in a tie for 21st at 203 after a third-round 68.

Taiwan's Min Lee, Chien Pei-yun, Yani Tseng, Hsu Wei-ling and Cheng Ssu-chia all missed the cut line of five-under, the lowest in LPGA history.

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