New No. 1 Miyazato wins at the shore|
Galloway, NJ (Sports Network) - Ai Miyazato collected her fourth LPGA Tour
title of the year on Sunday at the ShopRite LPGA Classic and the victory moved
her to No. 1 in the world rankings.
Miyazato fired a seven-under 64 on Sunday to come from behind for the win. She
finished at 16-under 197 and won the title by two shots at Dolce Seaview
The amazing 2010 campaign for Miyazato has now made her the fourth player to
be ranked No. 1 since the rankings started four years ago.
"That sounds really special for me," said Miyazato, who joined Annika
Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa and Jiyai Shin as the only No. 1 players in the world
Second-round leader M.J. Hur posted a three-under 68 and took second at 14-
under 199. Inbee Park carded a four-under 67 and came in third place at
Miyazato wasted little time in getting to the top of the leaderboard. She ran
home a 12-foot birdie putt at two and landed her second four feet from the
stick at the par-five third. Miyazato missed her eagle putt, but converted for
After a birdie at the fifth, Miyazato was one ahead, but Hur tied her with a
tap-in birdie at six. Miyazato recorded a tap-in birdie of her own at the
ninth to reclaim first place.
Miyazato never relinquished the lead after the birdie at No. 9. She drained a
25-footer for birdie at the 10th, then parred her next three. She missed a
seven-foot birdie attempt at the 13th, but atoned for that miscue with a 15-
foot birdie putt at 14.
Miyazato was comfortably ahead until Hur birdied 16 and 17 to get within two.
Miyazato played the last with a chance to ice the tournament and she did just
that. She poured in a six-footer for birdie to head to the winner's circle.
"I feel like such a lucky girl," said Miyazato, who turned 25 on Saturday. "I
still can't believe it. It's amazing. I'm really happy. Finally I won on
Miyazato's three previous wins this year were in Thailand, Singapore and
Mexico and her only other win prior to 2010 was at last year's Evian Masters
Suzann Pettersen, who also had a chance to become No. 1, shot a five-under 66
and tied for fourth place with Hee-Won Han (68) and Katherine Hull (69). The
trio finished at 11-under 202.
Paula Creamer played for the first time since thumb surgery in February and
was in Sunday's final pairing. A bogey at the last gave her an even-par 71 and
seventh place at 10-under par.
Karrie Webb (64), Angela Stanford (67), Karine Icher (68) and Morgan Pressel
(69) shared eighth at minus-nine.
NOTES: Miyazato earned $225,000 for the victory...No other player has two wins
this season on the LPGA Tour...Next week is the next major, the LPGA
06/20 18:36:26 ET