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Old 11-01-2010, 07:32 AM   #1
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Q&A with Ai Miyazato

September 2010

Q: How did you pick up golf?

A: I started to play when I was 4. My entire family plays; my two brothers are professional golfers, and my dad is a teaching pro. I'm from a really small village on a small island called Okinawa, and I think we were the only ones who played golf there.

Q: You won a lot of tournaments before joining the LPGA Tour in 2006, but it took you three years to win. Why?

A: I was so young when I came over here, and I couldn't speak any English, so I didn't have a very strong confidence. The environment was so different; it took awhile to get used to. But then I started working with Vision 54 [coaches Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson], and they've helped me a lot. My confidence is back.

Q: That's evident; you've won five LPGA events in the past 12 months. Mentally, what has changed?

A: It's like there's another Ai Miyazato inside me that controls me. She keeps me from thinking bad things and allows me to give myself some very good self-talk.

Q: You are extremely famous in Japan. How tough is it for you to walk down the street in Tokyo?

A: When I first turned pro, it was really tough. I had to wear a disguise, or everybody would recognize me, and I really didn't like that. But since I moved to the LPGA Tour, I feel different. I'm outside of Japan now, and I can see my country in a different way. I embrace my fame more. I can finally see that the Japanese people are just cheering for me.

Q: What about you would surprise people?

A: I hate frogs. I don't know why -- I used to be OK around them when I was little, but now I find them very creepy. But Lynn and Pia are teaching me how to deal with encountering frogs on the golf course, so it's becoming less of a problem.
Don't fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.

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As always BKB you really help us to see the players very clearly and see their human side.
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Mouse scared of a frog ???
Yeah...I hope Ai Miyazato will see this!

"On this hapless EARTH
There's small SINCERITY of mirth
And LAUGHTER oft is but an ART
To drown the outcry of the HEART!"

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Let's eat, Grandpa.

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