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Old 05-02-2010, 08:02 AM   #1
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Ai Miyazato

Name: Ai Miyazato
Born: June 19, 1985 (1985-06-19) (age 25)
Higashi, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Residence: Higashi, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Height: 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Nationality: Japan
Turned professional: 2004

History
In her 2004 rookie season on the JLPGA Tour she won five tournaments. In February 2005, she represented Japan along with Rui Kitada winning the inaugural Women's World Cup of Golf. In 2005, she won six events on the JLPGA tour, and was the #2 ranked player on the JLPGA Tour behind Yuri Fudoh.

In winning the Japan Open Championship at age 20 in 2005, Miyazato became the youngest player on the JLPGA Tour to win a major. Furthering the notion that Miyazato has revived the JLPGA Tour after the retirement of Ayako Okamoto, over 32,000 people, the largest gallery ever to attend a JLPGA event, witnessed the final day of that tournament.

She dominated the 2005 U.S. LPGA Q-School and secured her tour card, enabling her to compete in the 2006 season. She finished under par for four of the five qualifying rounds, and finished 12 strokes ahead of the closest competitor, setting a record for the largest margin of victory. Back in Japan, on December 15, she played the opening rounds of the Okinawa Open, becoming the first Japanese woman to compete in a domestic men's professional event, although she failed to make the cut for the final rounds.

Miyazato earned her first LPGA Tour win at the 2009 Evian Masters, shooting 14-under par 274 to tie Sophie Gustafson who she then beat on the first playoff hole.

In 2010, she won four of the first nine official tournaments on the LPGA Tour and on 21 June rose to number 1 in the Women's World Golf Rankings. She held the spot for only one week and was replaced by Christie Kerr who held the spot for three weeks, before Miyazato regained the spot again on 19 July, by a margin of 0.0006 average points.

On 22 August 2010, Miyazato won for the fifth time in 2010 at the Safeway Classic with a two stroke victory over Christie Kerr and Na Yeon Choi. She regained the number 1 spot in the World Rankings, which had been briefly retaken by Kerr. She gave up the top spot again to Kerr on 25 October.

She has endorsements deals with Suntory, Bridgestone Corporation, Japan Airlines, Oakley, Honda, Hisamitsu, Mitsubishi Electric & NTT Docomo

Her older brothers, Kiyoshi Miyazato and Yūsaku Miyazato are also professional golfers.

Professional wins (22)
LPGA Tour (6)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
126 Jul 2009Evian Masters-14 (69-66-70-69=274)PlayoffSophie Gustafson
221 Feb 2010Honda PTT LPGA Thailand-21 (67-67-70-63=267)1 strokeSuzann Pettersen
328 Feb 2010HSBC Women's Champions-10 (69-71-69-69=278)2 strokesCristie Kerr
42 May 2010Tres Marias Championship-19 (63-72-71-67=273)1 strokeStacy Lewis
520 June 2010ShopRite LPGA Classic-16 (66-67-64=197)2 strokesM. J. Hur
622 Aug 2010Safeway Classic-11 (66-67-72=205)2 strokesNa Yeon Choi Cristie Kerr

JLPGA Tour (15)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
128 Sep 2003Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies Open (as an amateur)-5 (70-70-71=211)1 strokeMari Katayama Hiroko Yamaguchi
27 Mar 2004Daikin Orchid Ladies-10 (70-66-70=206)3 strokesKaori Higo
313 Jun 2004Suntory Ladies Open-11 (69-70-70-68=277)6 strokesHiroko Yamaguchi Toshimi Kimura
420 Jun 2004APiTA Circle K Sunkus Ladies-6 (69-69-72=210)1 strokeYuri Fudoh
524 Oct 2004Masters GC Ladies-11 (69-68-68=205)1 strokeMiho Koga
621 Nov 2004Daio Paper Elleair Ladies Open-14 (66-67-69=202)3 strokesChieko Amanuma Rui Kitada
715 May 2005Vernal Ladies-13 (69-64-70=203)8 strokesAkiko Fukushima
822 May 2005Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open-7 (65-74-70=209)PlayoffNikki Campbell
921 Aug 2005New Catapillar Mitsubishi Ladies-10 (66-75-68=209)3 strokesMi-Jeong Jeon Hiromi Mogi
102 Oct 2005Japan Women's Open Golf Championship-5 (69-69-72-73)5 strokesAkiko Fukushima
1130 Oct 2005Hisako Higuchi IDC Otsuka Kagu Ladies-14 (67-68-67=202)7 strokesJulie Lu Nikki Campbell Kaori Higo Shinobu Moromizato
1220 Nov 2005Daio Paper Elleair Ladies Open-12 (69-70-65=204)5 strokesShiho Oyama Woo-Soon Ko Kasumi Fujii
1310 Sep 2006JLPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup-6 (70-68-74-70)3 strokesHyun-Ju Shin
1424 Sep 2006Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies Open-2 (70-73-71=214)3 strokesShiho Oyama
1511 Oct 2009Sankyo Ladies Open-4 (74-70-68=212)1 strokeMayu Hattori Mi-Jeong Jeon

LPGA Tour career summary
YearEvents playedCuts madeWins2nds3rdsTop 10sBest finishEarnings ($)RankScoring averageScoring rank
2004210101T2n/an/a70.20n/a
2005650021T10102,663n/a72.41n/a
200621190017T3532,0532271.2213
2007251901272788,4771773.0156
200823170003T4410,8334672.1948
200922221211311,517,149370.334
20101412501711,311,818170.51T6

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Old 05-02-2010, 03:49 PM   #2
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With 5 holes or so left to play, day 4 Tres Marias, Ai was 3 head of everyone and with no bogie's on the day.... looking like she may have number 3 for 2010 in the bag.... unless someone really goes after her.

What a player she is.... took her a bit to get her LPGA legs.... but she can walk any deck now, in any weather. At with her size and length of drive, she out play two top long hitting bombers, who are her partners in the final round.... outstanding. :-)
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Old 05-02-2010, 04:53 PM   #3
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Congratulations to Ai Miyasato's LPGA win No. 3 of 2010!
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:27 PM   #4
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Brilliant victory for the marvellous Miss Miyazato.

By all accounts,it was a bombers' course,too,which isn't her strength.Still,what she loses in yardage off the tee,she more than compensates for with the rest of her game.

Best player in the world ?...

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Old 05-02-2010, 07:42 PM   #5
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Well, from 2009 to 2010 Ai's got more LPGA wins than anybody.
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Old 05-02-2010, 08:30 PM   #6
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Great win by Ai. Congratulations to her.
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