Who's who in golf - Ai Miyazato

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Name: - Ai Miyazato
Country: - Japan
Born : - June 19, 1985 in Higashi, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
Original Home/Club: - Higashi, Okinawa, Japan.
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 2004
Web Address: - http://www.ai-miyazato54.com

Roll of Honour

Multiple wins on the LPGA, Japan and European Tours. Ladies European Tr Order of Merit winner (2011). Held the position of No.1 golfer in the Women's Official World Golf Rankings.

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In 2003, as an amateur, Miyazato won a professional event on the Japan LPGA Tour, prior to turning professional in 2004. The following season she won five times on the Japan LPGA Tour, and six events the following year. Miyazato won the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit in 2011, despite only playing two LET events that season. The substantial prize money from winning the Evian Masters, was enough to catapult her to the top of the European money list, where she stayed until the season closed.

Top tournaments won by Ai Miyazato

2012Wmn AmericaLotte ChampionshipKo Olina GC276 (-12)$255,000
Played as the inaugural LPGA Lotte Championship presented by J Golf (April 18-21). Second-placed Meena Lee (S Kor) and Azahara Muñoz (Esp) finished 4 shots behind Miyazato (Jpn). [Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii].
2012Wmn AmericaNW Arkansas Ch'shipPinnacle CC201 (-12)$300,000
Played as the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G (Jun 29-Jul 1). Second-placed Mika Miyazato (Jpn, not related to Ai) and Azahara Muñoz (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Ai Miyazato (Jpn), who recorded her second LPGA Tour win of 2012. [Pinnacle CC, Rogers, Arkansas].
2011Wmn EuropeEvian Ch'shipEvian Resort273 (-15)US$487,500
Played as the Evian Masters presented by Societe Generale (July 21-24; LET/LPGA Trs event; recognised as a major ch'ship by the LET, but not by the LPGA Tour). Second-placed Stacy Lewis (USA) finished 2 shots behind Miyazato (Jpn), who claimed her second Evian Masters title. [Evian Masters GC, Evian-les-Bains, France].
2011Wmn AwardsOrder of Merit - LET€363,079see Score
Miyazato (Jpn) won the LET 2011 Order of Merit (Henderson Money List), with earnings of €363,079 on the Tour. Melissa Reid (Eng) was second with €286,577; rookie Caroline Hedwall (Swe) was third with €278,528. Miyazato only played two LET events, but won enough (especially from the Evian Masters) to win the Order of Merit.
2010Wmn AsiaLPGA ThailandSiam CC267 (-21)US$195,000
Played as the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand (Feb 18-21; LPGA Tr season-opener). Second-placed Suzann Pettersen (Nor) finished 1 shot behind Miyazato (Jpn), who shot a final day 9-under-par 63 to secure the win. [Old course, Siam CC, Pattaya].
2010Wmn AmericaPortland ClassicPumpkin Ridge205 (-11)$225,000
Played as the Safeway Classic presented by Coca-Cola (Aug 20-22). Second-placed Na Yeon Choi (S Kor) and Cristie Kerr (USA) finished 2 shots behind Miyazato (Jpn), who recorded her fifth LPGA Tour win in 2010. [Ghost Creek course, Pumpkin Ridge GC, nr Portland, Oregon].
2010Wmn AmericaShopRite ClassicSeaview Resort197 (-16)$225,000
Played as the ShopRite LPGA Classic (for the first time since 2006). Second-placed Mi-jung "M.J." Hur (S Kor) finished 2 shots behind Miyazato (Jpn), who recorded her fourth LPGA Tour win of 2010. [Bay course, Seaview Resort, Galloway, nr Atlantic City, NJ].
2010Wmn AmericaTres Marias Ch'shipTres Marias GC273 (-19)$195,000
Played as the Tres Marias Championship (Apr 29-May 2). Second-placed Stacy Lewis (USA) finished 1 shot behind Miyazato (Jpn), who recorded her third win in the opening six events of the 2010 LPGA Tour season. During this event 28-year old Lorena Ochoa (Mex), at the time the world No.1, retired from professional tour golf. [GC Tres Marias, Morelia, Mexico].
2010Wmn AsiaWomen's World Ch'shipTanah Merah278 (-10)US$195,000
Played as the HSBC Women's Champions (Feb 25-28; LPGA Tr event). Second-placed Cristie Kerr (USA) finished 2 shots behind Miyazato (Jpn), whose win gave her the LPGA Tour's opening two titles of 2010. [Garden course, Tanah Merah CC, Singapore].
2009Wmn EuropeEvian Ch'shipEvian Resort274 (-14)US$487,500
Played as the Evian Masters (July 23-26; LET/LPGA Trs event; recognised as a major ch'ship by the LET, but not by the LPGA Tour). Miyazato (Jpn) beat Sophie Gustafson (Swe) at the first playoff hole to record her first win on the Ladies European and US LPGA Tours. [Evian Masters GC, Evian-les-Bains, France].


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