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Those three are two shots ahead of the rest of the field, with Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England (67), Ai Miyazato of Japan (67) and Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand (69) tied for fourth at eight under. "It would be probably one of my most special wins, just to be able to do this for the people in Texas and do it, too, when everybody is watching. (My result) makes me more confident heading into to big tournaments coming up", she said.

"Probably was more pressure, to be honest", said Lewis, a former four-time All-American at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

"I'm going to miss so many things, but I think mostly my friends and all the people from the LPGA and sponsors", she said. "Anybody who has seen me play knows that's not normally me, but I haven't anxious about anything", said Lewis, whose husband is a golf coach at the University of Houston.

However, Lewis will face stiff competition from two-time defending champion Brooke Henderson and In Gee Chun - who is looking for her first win on the season.

The 32-year-old American looked well on course to be able to hand over the United States dollars 195,000 (£150,000) first prize when she started the day with a three-shot lead over the chasing pack and then birdied the opening two holes. It's her 12th LPGA victory overall.

"I've never been one to play for money, but this week I was playing for money", Lewis said. The LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2013 and sister of world number three Ariya Jutanugarn, she is seeking her first career victory. She bounced back immediately, however, with a birdie on the very next hole. She closed with a 3-under 69 to hold off In Gee Chun by a stroke at tree-lined Columbia Edgewater.

Lewis' bid to finish high up the pecking order is on track so far after an eight under round of 64 saw her occupy the joint top position on the leaderboard at the halfway stage.

'I was hitting a lot of good shots, hitting a lot of good putts, and they just weren't going in. "It's nice to see yourself do that again". She entered the week ranked 18th in the world. I knew it was going to be hard.

Ai Miyazato shot a 67 to tie for fifth at 13 under in the Japanese star's final US start.

Lewis was 5-under par through her first nine holes and made her lone bogey of the day on the par-3 16th.

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