Miyazato makes it two in a row
Ai Miyazato continued her superb start to the LPGA Tour season by winning the HSBC Women’s Champions on Sunday.
Ai Miyazato continued her superb start to the LPGA Tour season after carding a three-under 69 and winning the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore on Sunday.
It was her second Tour triumph in two weekends.
Last Sunday the 24-year-old won the season-opening Honda PTT LPGA Thailand and in winning again this week, she became the first back-to-back winner since LPGA Founder Marilynn Smith did it in in 1966, a span of 44 years.’
Miyazato is also the first Japanese woman ever to win consecutive LPGA Tour titles and the third winner of the HSBC Champions title.
“I feel truly honored to be among the great winners,” Miyazato said of past HSBC winners Lorena Ochoa, the World number one, and Jiyai Shin, the world number two.
“This is obviously a great start for me, but the LPGA is such a tough Tour, and it’s also very tough to keep winning.”
Miyazato began the day in a share of the lead with America’s Juli Inkster but started badly with successive bogeys.
She recovered with birdies on the fourth and fifth, however, before picking up a shot on the ninth to reach the turn at one under.
Miyazato then dropped a shot on the 10th but four more birdies against just one bogey coming home was enough to secure the win at the Tanah Merah Country Club by two shots.
Former US Open winner Cristie Kerr finished second following a four under 68 while 2009 winner Jiyai Shin shot a five under 67 to claim a share of third place alongside South Korean compatriot Kim Song-hee (67) and Yani Tseng (69) of Chinese Taipei.
Michelle Wie tied for 15th following a two under 70 while World No 1, Lorena Ochoa, who shared the lead earlier in the Tournament, posted a 72 to conclude a disappointing tournament in 38th place.
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