Miyazato misses cut in Japan

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Ai Miyazato, playing in the Daikin Orchid Ladies, missed the cut in Japan for the first time in seven years on Saturday.

LPGA star Ai Miyazato, playing in the Daikin Orchid Ladies on the Japan LPGA Tour, missed the cut in Japan for the first time in seven years and only the third time in her career on Saturday.

Miyazato, the World No 1 less than six months ago, finished two shots below the cut line on 3-over 147 after a second-round 73 for an early exit from the Ryukyu Golf Club.

It’s not a course she’s struggled on in the past, winning her second Japanese Tour event here as a teenager as well as triumphing there as an amateur in 2003.

“I didn’t play bad today. It was just hard to make up ground after shooting 4 over in the first round,” Miyazato said.

Her second round didn’t fare all that much better, as the 25-year old struggled early again, carding two bogeys in her first three holes, and ending up with only one birdie.

“My putts lipped out about six times over the last two days. Things might’ve been different if some of them had gone in,” she said.

“I might’ve disappointed the people in Okinawa, but I did my best. I’ll try to bounce back on the U.S. tour.

“Something like this happens sometimes in a long career. I just accept this result and see what I can do next. The season has only started.”

Saiki Fujita (69) leads the tournament by one shot over little-known Lala Anai (67) and Australian Nikki Campbell (68).

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