Women’s British Open Royal Birkdale Southport ‘One to watch Ai MIYAZATO!’
One to watch out for in this years Women’s Open is Ai MIYAZATO!
Rookie Year: 2006
Career Earnings: $7,631,923.75
Ai’s favorite number is 54
LPGA Tour Victories (9)
• 2009 Evian Masters
• 2010 Honda PTT LPGA Thailand, HSBC Women’s Champions, Tres Marias Championship, ShopRite LPGA Classic, Safeway Classic
• 2011 Evian Masters
• 2012 LPGA LOTTE Championship, Walmart NW Arkansas Championship
LPGA Awards (1)
2012 William and Mousie Powell Award
2013 in a Nutshell:
• 20 events, 18 cuts made, $526,968 (27), 2 top-10 finishes
• Recorded a season-best runner up finish at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup
• 23 events, 20 cuts made, $1,334,977 (5) two victories, nine additional top-10 finishes.
• Crossed the $7 million mark in career earnings.
• Finished in the top-10 in rounds under par (4), rounds in the 60s (6), top-10 finishes (4), fairways (9), scoring average (6), putting average (4) and GIR putting average (5).
• Won her seventh-career LPGA victory at the Evian Masters Presented by Societe Generale and crossed the $5 million mark in career earnings.
• Five additional top-10 finishes included: third at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, tied for fourth at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, tied for fifth at the Sybase Match Play Championship, tied for sixth at the US Women’s Open, and tied for eighth at the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola.
• Held the Rolex Rankings No. 1 spot for 11 weeks during the season.
• Finished the season at No. 6.
• Became the first player since 1966 to win consecutive season-opening events with the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand, where she won by one stroke over Suzann Pettersen with a career-low and tournament-record 63 in the final round and the HSBC Women’s Champions.
• Also won the Tres Marias Championship, ShopRite Classic and Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola.
• Tied for third at the LPGA Championship Presented by Wegmans.
• Finished sixth at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex and Corona Light.
• Tied for ninth at the RICOH Women’s Open and the P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Walmart.
• Tied for 15th at the CN Canadian Women’s Open; tied for 19th at the Evian Masters Presented by Société Générale.
• Tied for 27th at the Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV.
• Tied for 28th at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and tied for 31st at the U.S. Women’s Open; led the Tour in putts per GIR (1.73).
• Became a Rolex First-Time Winner at the Evian Masters Presented by Societe Generale, where she defeated Sophie Gustafson in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff.
• Finished second at the Samsung World Championship and tied for second at the CN Canadian Women’s Open.
• Tied for third at the RICOH Women’s British Open, tying her career-best finish at a major championship.
• Other top-10 finishes include a tie for fourth at the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola; ties for fifth at the season-opening SBS Open at Turtle Bay and LPGA Corning Classic; ties for sixth at the LPGA State Farm Classic, where she crossed the $2 million mark in career earnings, and the U.S. Women’s Open; a tie for eighth at the LPGA Tour Championship Presented by Rolex; a tie for ninth at the J Golf Phoenix LPGA International Presented by Mirrasou Winery and a ninth-place finish at the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill, and a tie for 10th at the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons, where she crossed the $3 million mark in career earnings.
• Recorded three top-10 finishes: a tie for fourth at the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship Presented by John Q. Hammons, a tie for fifth at the RICOH Women’s British Open and a tie for sixth at the Wegmans LPGA.
• Recorded six top-10 finishes, including a second-place finish at the HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship, where she lost to Seon Hwa Lee in the championship match.
• Crossed the $1 million mark in career earnings.
• Recorded seven top-10 finishes, including a season-best tie for third at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola.
• Won two events on the JLPGA circuit.
• Won six events on the JLPGA, including the Japan Women’s Open Golf Championship.
• Competed in six LPGA events and tied for ninth at the HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship.
• Tied for 10th at the Mizuno Classic and tied for 11th at the Weetabix Women’s British Open.
• Partnered with Rui Kitada to win the inaugural Women’s World Cup of Golf, an unofficial LPGA event.
• Won the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament by a record 12 strokes to earn her exempt card for the 2006 LPGA season.
• Won five events on the JLPGA.
• Played in two LPGA events, tying for second at the Mizuno Classic and carded a career-low 63 in the final round.
• Turned professional in October and competed on the JLPGA.
• Miyazato’s amateur career was capped with a victory at the 2003 Miyagi TV Dunlop Ladies Golf Tournament – a professional event on the JLPGA – when she was a senior in high school.
• She also won the 2003 Japan Junior Golf Championship and the Japan Women’s Amateur Golf Championship.
• Started playing golf at the age of 4.
• Credits her father and coach Masaru Miyazato as the individual most influencing her career.
• Hobbies include shopping and hanging out with friends.
• Qualified for the Tour on her first attempt.
• In 2011, together with Momoko Ueda and Mika Miyazato, formed Makeruna Nippon/Never Give Up Japan to support earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.
• Has her own Web site, www.ai-miyazato54.com.
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