August 16, 2020

NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — Stacy Lewis holed a long birdie putt to see off three rivals at the first playoff hole and win the Ladies Scottish Open on Sunday, giving the American a first title in nearly three years and a confidence boost ahead of the British Open.

The 35-year-old Lewis took a swig of champagne beside the 18th green after securing a 13th victory on the LPGA Tour — and first since the birth of her first child, Chesnee, in October 2018.

The former top-ranked Lewis started the final round a stroke off the lead held by Azahara Munoz, and shot 1-over 72 to join Munoz (73), Cheyenne Knight (70) and Emily Kristine Pedersen (68) in a four-way playoff at the Renaissance Club.

The approach shots of Munoz and Pedersen didn’t make it onto the green, and they rolled putts up to near the hole.

Lewis made her birdie putt from about 20 feet, which went slightly left to right, leaving compatriot Knight a putt of around 15 feet to take the playoff back down the 18th. Knight’s putt slid by the right side of the cup.

Lewis will look to follow up this win on the links with another at Royal Troon next week, when the first women’s major of a reshaped golfing year takes place. She is a two-time major winner, triumphing at the British Open in 2013.