Lewis tum­bles on back 9 at US Women’s Open

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Stacy Lewis was on a roll in the third round of the US Women’s Open at Trump Na­tional Golf Club. The Amer­i­can birdied four straight holes to pull within a shot of leader Shan­shan Feng, a run that in­cluded a 40-foot putt on No. 9.

Then, the day un­rav­eled. Af­ter her birdie on No. 10, she made a triple bo­gey on the par-4, 11th hole, chip­ping her third shot from be­hind the green off the front and leav­ing her chip back up short. A bo­gey on the 12th hole dropped her five shots off the lead. Af­ter five straight pars, she hit two wedge shots into the wa­ter on the par-5 18th and closed with a 10. Lewis ended up with a 4-over 76 to drop to 2 over - 11 shots off the lead. Lewis de­clined to speak with the me­dia af­ter the round. “No chance,” she said twice to an LPGA Tour of­fi­cial.

The for­mer top-ranked player has 11 vic­to­ries, in­clud­ing two ma­jors. She has fin­ished sec­ond 12 times since her last LPGA Tour vic­tory in 2014.

SPIKES AL­LOWED

Christina Kim thinks she’s the last LPGA Tour player to wear metal spikes. “I’m old enough where metal spikes were still a thing,” Kim said. “A lot of th­ese kids weren’t even born when metal spikes were taken away from com­pe­ti­tion. For me, it pro­vides a sense of com­fort. I get great trac­tion with it. You can read the greens with your feet and you can gauge mois­ture lev­els of the golf course with the spikes. With the way golf shoes have evolved, I just don’t feel I have as snug of a fit as I used to. I lost a few spikes to­day, but I al­ways have a few spare in the bag.” She shot a 4-un­der 68 to move to 2 un­der.

Amer­i­can Lexi Thomp­son shot a 2un­der 74 and then vis­ited Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in his box near the 15th green. “I didn’t feel any ex­tra pres­sure,” said Thomp­son, who with her fam­ily posed for pic­tures with the pres­i­dent. “It’s cool to have the pres­i­dent of the United States here. It’s his golf course. It’s all good.”

Fel­low Amer­i­can Cristie Kerr also wasn’t fazed by Trump’s ap­pear­ance. “He’s a huge sup­porter of women’s golf,” Kerr said. “It’s cool to say that I know the pres­i­dent.” Kerr said that she planned to speak with Trump af­ter the day was over. “We’ll talk,” Kerr said. “But we’re not go­ing to talk about pol­i­tics, I’ll tell you that.”

New Jersey na­tive Ma­rina Alex ad­mit­ted that her nerves got to her, play­ing in front of so many fam­ily and friends from her home­town of nearby Wayne, about 35 miles from the club. “It was a lit­tle crazy,” said Alex, who was the top US player af­ter the sec­ond round. “It all just hit me. I had a lot of peo­ple here sup­port­ing me. I had peo­ple here sup­port­ing me that didn’t even know me. It just got to me. It was a men­tal thing more than any­thing.” Alex shot a 73 and was tied for 14th at 2 un­der. — AP

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