Ai Miyazato

Our reigning champion, Ai Miyazato has established herself as one of the world's leading women golfers after being a professional for just six seasons. The 25-year-old turned pro in 2004 after a glittering amateur career which saw her win a Japan LPGA Tour (JLPGA) event when she was still attending high school. Her rookie season on the Japan Tour saw her claim five victories and she started 2005 by pairing with Rui Kitada to win the inaugural women's World Cup of golf. She finished the year by romping home in the US LPGA qualifying school to secure a tour card for 2006, and in her rookie season recorded seven top-10 finishes, including a tie for third at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship.



In 2007, the Japanese golf star 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; she also crossed the $1 million mark in career earnings.

In 2008, Miyazato 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.

In 2009, Ai Miyazato 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.

In 2010, Miyazato 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 here at  the HSBC Women's Champions. She also won the Tres Marias Championship, ShopRite Classic and Safeway Classic Presented by Coca- Cola.

Miyazato won her seventh-career LPGA victory at the Evian Masters in 2011 and carried on this form with 9 top 10 finishes in 2012. These achievements saw her break the $7 million mark in career earnings.


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