Choi wins by 2 in Arkansas thanks to eagle

Rogers, AR ( - Na Yeon Choi holed out from the fairway for eagle on the 16th hole Sunday en route to a 2-under 69 and went on to win the NW Arkansas Championship by two shots.

Choi finished the week at 15-under-par 198. The win was Choi's ninth on the LPGA Tour and her second of the season.

Mika Miyazato fired a 4-under 67 to take sole possession of second place at Pinnacle Country Club. She ended the week at 13-under 200.

Last year's champion Stacy Lewis held the outright lead prior to Choi's eagle, but her 3-under 68 was not quite enough. She finished tied for third with Azahara Munoz (66) and Anna Nordqvist (70) at minus-12.

World No. 2 Lydia Ko cruised to an 8-under 63 and ended one shot further back in a tie for sixth at 11-under 202 with Paula Creamer (66) and Minjee Lee (68).

Entering the day with a 2-shot lead, Choi coasted out of the gate with five straight pars from one. However, she tripped to a bogey at the par-3 sixth, dropping her back into a share of the lead with Nordqvist, who birdied three. Nordqvist went on to double-bogey six and never recovered as she played her final 12 holes at 2-under.

Lewis used birdies at one, five and seven to join Choi atop the leaderboard. Miyazato joined them due to birdies at three, five and seven, while Lee also got in on the fun by playing her first eight holes at minus-3.

Now a four-way tie for the lead, Lewis and Miyazato drained birdies at 10 to move to 13-under. Choi joined them soon after with a birdie of her own at 10.

A Miyazato double-bogey on 13 took her out of contention as two late birdies were not enough. Choi dropped her second shot with a bogey on 13, giving Lewis the outright lead.

"I tried to not watch the leaderboard after the front nine, but after three, four more holes on the back nine I should know the score and what's going on, so I started looking at it after 13," said Choi.

While Lewis was in the middle of running off seven pars in a row from 11, Choi came through with a shot that wound up winning her the tournament. The South Korean holed out from the fairway with an 8-iron at the par-4 16th for eagle, vaulting her past Lewis and into the lead.

Choi improved that advantage to two by stuffing her tee shot, also an 8-iron, at the par-3 17th to within a foot. She tapped that in for a birdie.

"Both 8-irons I hit and then I just knew I could win without putting," Choi joked. "Every time when I win I got a lot of experience. Today my putting wasn't great, but I kept focusing on my shot and hit good."

Lewis struggled at the last and made bogey. Choi converted her par for the victory.

NOTES: Choi also won the Coates Golf Championship earlier this season ... She only had one top-10 finish in between victories, a tie for sixth at the Founders Cup ... Lewis is still seeking her first win of the season. She won three times in 2014 ... Choi earned $300,000 with this victory ... The LPGA Tour is off next week as it gears up for the U.S. Women's Open in two weeks. Michelle Wie won at Pinehurst No. 2 last year.

06/28 21:35:18 ET

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