Evian Masters 2012: Stacy Lewis Will Surge to Third LPGA Title

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 28, 2012

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE - JULY 28:  Stacy Lewis of the United States of America plays a shot from the 7th fairway during day three of the Evian Masters at the Evian Masters Golf Club on July 28, 2012 in Evian-les-Bains, France.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Stacy Lewis' stay at the top of the leaderboard at the Evian Masters continued today, and it will culminate tomorrow in her third LPGA title of the year.

Lewis is playing much better in this tournament, after disappointing performances at the US Women's Open and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.

She is currently tied for the lead with Inbee Park after three rounds.

Lewis certainly has the momentum heading into the fourth and final round. She had a rough back nine, but she pulled it together for a clutch birdie on hole No. 18. She was the leader heading into Saturday's play, but the shaky back nine gave some of her cushion away.

Finishing strong on Sunday will require both poise and concentration. Lewis is one of the best on the tour in these types of pressure situations.

America's No. 1 ranked female player has had to hold off major competition for wins in the past. In her first pro win she outlasted Yani Tseng at the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

In April of this year, she gutted out a tough one-stroke victory over Lexi Thompson at the Mobile Bay Classic.

Despite her one-over 73 today, I believe she'll bounce back with a strong finish on Sunday. She's already tallied 17 sub-70 rounds this year, and I expect her to be at or near her best tomorrow.

The money is on the line, and that is genuinely when Lewis shines brightest.

 

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