In the moments following her winning putt at the 2020 Ladies Scottish Open, Stacy Lewis was thinking of her daughter, Chesnee.
“I’ve been trying to get a trophy for her from the day she was born,” Stacy said. “That’s been my goal.”
Chesnee, who was born in October of 2018, had to wait a little less than two years to see her mom accomplish that goal, as Stacy prevailed in thrilling fashion Sunday to claim the Ladies Scottish Open title.
“The only disappointing thing is that she’s not here,” Stacy said of Chesnee. “I just got to FaceTime with them and my husband said she was hitting the TV screen with her plastic golf clubs when I made that putt. I can’t wait to get home with them in a week or so and celebrate.”
Stacy entered what proved to be a rollercoaster final round just one shot off the lead, and spent the majority of the round jockeying for position atop the leaderboard. After a narrow birdie miss on 17 and a par conversion on 18, Stacy joined Azahara Munoz, Cheyenne Knight and Emily Pedersen in a four-way tie at the top, forcing a playoff.
“With all the stuff that went on there on the back nine, I still had a chance to win the golf tournament,” Stacy said. “I stayed very positive throughout the day and I’m proud of the way I hung in there.”
Returning to 18 for the first playoff hole, Stacy found the green in two and had a look at birdie. The other three competitors failed to make birdie, and Stacy promptly drained a 20-footer to ultimately close out the tournament.
“Travis (Stacy’s caddy) and I had been reading putts together all day and I just had the line there,” Stacy said. “It was five inches outside left and knew I needed to get it there with enough speed. Finally, after the whole back nine, I got one to go in and that was all I needed.”
Stacy’s victory is the 13th of her storied LPGA career and second in Scotland. Stacy has developed a true appreciation for ‘The Home of Golf’ over the years, and looks to continue the success next week as the LPGA heads to Royal Troon for the 2020 AIG Women’s British Open.
“When people ask me what my favorite golf course is, I always say anything in Scotland,” Stacy said. “I love links golf. I love coming over here, and it’s pretty fitting that I get this one.”
As a result of Stacy’s win, KPMG and the Inspiring Win program will provide new books and educational resources to the City of Chicago School District! Congratulations to Stacy on an impressive performance and good luck next week at the AIG Women’s British Open!