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Lewis lands Arkansas title

World No 1 Stacy Lewis shot a flawless final round 65 to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship by a shot on Sunday.

Lewis finished on 12-under for the three-round event at Pinnacle Country Club, leaving her one ahead of the chasing pack.

It was am emotional win for Lewis, who went to the local University of Arkansas where she became a four-time All American, as she hit three birdies in her final four holes to claim the trophy.

Although it was an 11th career title and a third of the season for Lewis, she said she was filled with nerves when trying to win in front of her exuberant home crowd.

"It's so hard to play here," said Lewis. "I can tell you I was more nervous today than I was at the US Open last week. That's just how much this place means to me.

"When I first came here to school, I was extremely shy, and I think I've definitely grown out of that over the years. I've just found that the more I interact with fans, it makes me more relaxed, and enjoying it more is what I'm trying to do."

"This place just means so much to me. So, to win here, it's just crazy how far I've come. It's just really, really special to win here."

The trio of Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford and world No 2 Lydia Ko came up just short in second place, one shot off Lewis, while South Korea's So Yeon Ryu was a further shot behind.

"(Lewis) is playing some awesome golf," said Ko, who also fired a six under 65 in her final round.

"She's having consistent top tens like Michelle (Wie), and I think it's great that we're playing in her hometown, and the best thing is she's world No. 1 and they're proud to say it."

Overnight leader Michelle Wie saw her challenge slip away as the US Open champion slipped to a two-over round of 73 after a run of three bogeys in a row.