Who's who: Ai Miyazato

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  • Photo of Ai Miyazato
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Who's who: Ai Miyazato

  • Name:

    Ai Miyazato
  • Country:

    Japan
  • Born:

    June 19, 1985 in Higashi, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    2004
  • Website:

    https://www.ai-miyazato54.com

Roll of Honour

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

Did you know?

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

2012
America
201 (-12)
$300,000
Walmart

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Miyazato, Ai

Score

201 (-12)

Prize money

$300,000

Title sponsor

Walmart

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].

2012
America
276 (-12)
$255,000
Lotte / J Golf

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Miyazato, Ai

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$255,000

Title sponsor

Lotte / J Golf

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].

2011
Europe
273 (-15)
US$487,500
Evian

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Miyazato, Ai

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

US$487,500

Title sponsor

Evian

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].

2011
Awards
€363,079
see Score
Henderson

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Miyazato, Ai

Venue

Score

€363,079

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Henderson

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.

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Miyazato, Ai

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

US$195,000

Title sponsor

HSBC

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].

2010
America
197 (-16)
$225,000
ShopRite

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Miyazato, Ai

Score

197 (-16)

Prize money

$225,000

Title sponsor

ShopRite

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].

2010
America
205 (-11)
$225,000
Safeway

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Miyazato, Ai

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

$225,000

Title sponsor

Safeway

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.

2010
America
273 (-19)
$195,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Miyazato, Ai

Score

273 (-19)

Prize money

$195,000

Title sponsor

x

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].

2010
Asia
267 (-21)
US$195,000
Honda

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Miyazato, Ai

Score

267 (-21)

Prize money

US$195,000

Title sponsor

Honda

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].

2009
Europe
274 (-14)
US$487,500
Evian

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Miyazato, Ai

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

US$487,500

Title sponsor

Evian

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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