Born:June 19, 1985 in Higashi, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
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].
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 Ai Miyazato (Jpn). [Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii].
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].
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.
Played as the HSBC Women's Champions (Feb 25-28; LPGA Tour event). Second-placed Cristie Kerr (USA) finished 2 shots behind Ai Miyazato (Jpn), whose win gave her the LPGA Tour's opening two titles of 2010. [Garden course, Tanah Merah CC, Singapore].
Played as the ShopRite LPGA Classic (June 18-20; last played in 2006). Second-placed Mi Jung "M.J." Hur (S Kor) finished 2 shots behind Ai Miyazato (Jpn), who recorded her fourth LPGA Tour win of 2010. [Bay course, Seaview Resort, Galloway, nr Atlantic City, NJ].
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 Ai Miyazato (Jpn), who recorded her fifth LPGA Tour win in 2010.[Ghost Creek course, Pumpkin Ridge GC, nr Portland, Oregon]. Note: Ai is not related to Mika Miyazato, who won this event in 2012.
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].
Played as the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand (Feb 18-21; LPGA Tour season-opener). Second-placed Suzann Pettersen (Nor) finished 1 shot behind Ai Miyazato (Jpn), who shot a final day 63 (-9) to secure her second LPGA Tour win. [Old course, Siam CC, Pattaya].
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].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Céline Boutier: with many successes as both an amateur and professional golfer, Boutier added a major championship title to her impressive résumé at this year’s Evian Championship.
Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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