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Wie earns first top 10 of season; Miyazato wins

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LAST UPDATED: 02:57 a.m. HST, Aug 20, 2012


NORTH PLAINS, Ore. » Mika Miyazato made a name for herself in the Safeway Classic.

Long stuck in fellow Japanese player Ai Miyazato's shadow, Mika Miyazato won her first LPGA Tour title Sunday, finishing with a 2-under 70 to beat Brittany Lincicome and Inbee Park by two strokes.

"It was my dream to win and play on the LPGA Tour," Mika Miyazato said.

Punahou graduate Michelle Wie earned her first top-10 finish of the season, shooting a 69 during Sunday's final round to finish eighth at 8 under.

"It feels good to get on the leaderboard and see my name up there consistently this week," Wie said. "It was a lot of fun."

Ai Miyazato, a nine-time LPGA Tour winner, ran on the 18th green to congratulate Mika Miyazato after the breakthrough victory. She is the 11th Japanese player to win on the LPGA Tour and the third to win the event, following Ayaka Okamoto in 1986 and Ai Miyazato in 2010.

"It is very fulfilling for me to win along with those other famous players," Mika Miyazato said.

The 22-year-old Miyazato finished at 13-under 203 in her wire-to-victory on Pumpkin Ridge's Ghost Creek Course. She shared the first-round lead and had a two-shot edge after the second.

Lincicome closed with a 67, and Park had a 70.

The 22-year-old Miyazato, in her fourth season on the LPGA Tour, is the sixth first-time winner this year. Since June, she has had six top-10 finishes, including second-place ties in the NW Arkansas Championship and LPGA Championship.

South Korea's Haeji Kang had a 66 — the best round of the day, to tie for fourth at 10 under with Cristie Kerr (70) and So Yeon Ryu (71). Sydnee Michaels, the first-round co-leader, was four strokes back after a 70.





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rayhawaii wrote:
If it were a golf player beauty contest I know she would be in the top 5 and she is No 1. Just saying what I think.
on August 20,2012 | 02:56AM
Rajawa wrote:
I agree
on August 20,2012 | 05:04AM
kiragirl wrote:
No way! Sandra Gal is número uno!
on August 20,2012 | 07:12AM
Kaleo744 wrote:
How and why is this news,she had her CHANCES and decided to focus on other things..get real shes a spoiled brat.
on August 20,2012 | 07:23AM
kahu808 wrote:
All in all, I think her life is way more interesting that most of us. Given how much she has donated to charities, I wouldn't characterize her as a spoiled brat.
on August 20,2012 | 10:37AM
kiragirl wrote:
Please name ONE charity.
on August 20,2012 | 11:22AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Miyazato announced earlier this season she would donate all her prize money from the four majors on the LPGA Tour and several majors on the Japanese tour to Red Cross. She had already put more than $100,000 toward the effort before the U.S. Open, which boasts the biggest purse in women's golf. So,kiragirl, what have you given?
on August 20,2012 | 12:00PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Mika Miyazato is set to hand over a hefty cheque to Japan's Red Cross. The native of Okinawa, Japan, finished T5 on Monday at the U.S. Women's Open, good for $121,591 that will go to relief efforts in Japan following the tsunami and earthquake there in March. Miyazato announced earlier this season she would donate all her prize money from the four majors on the LPGA Tour and several majors on the Japanese tour to Red Cross. She had already put more than $100,000 toward the effort before the U.S. Open, which boasts the biggest purse in women's golf. So, kiragirl, what have you given??
on August 20,2012 | 12:02PM
kahu808 wrote:
Hurricane Katrina Relief, DOE, Junior Golf, to name a few. Read May 20, 2007 Advertiser article.
on August 20,2012 | 10:31PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I don't think she can hear you because she's laughing all the way to the bank. After all you gotta be pretty smart to graduate from Stanford.
on August 20,2012 | 11:57AM
Bumby wrote:
Michelle is a bigger winner off the course. She makes the bucks and has created an image of positiveness in society. The only thing is that on the course she has not reached the stardom of a true athletic champion. The burning desire to be the best and win championships which will get her to be remembered forever in the women's golf circles and hall of fame. Maybe that is not what she wants.
on August 20,2012 | 10:51AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Her problem is that she got the fame before she got the game. Everyone else have to get the game before they get the fame.
on August 20,2012 | 11:59AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Congratulations to Mika Miyazato, Michelle Wie, and all the other women golfers for their accomplishments.
on August 20,2012 | 12:10PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Wie will blow it like she always does.
on August 20,2012 | 04:57PM
Dragonman wrote:
Please remember that Michelle was playing golf part time while attending college. Now that she has graduated from Stanford and playing golf full time, her game should improve and she will be placing and winning tournments. No reason to cricitize her, she has accomplished a lot already in her young life.
on August 20,2012 | 07:44PM
jussayin wrote:
Her history definitely indicates that she's a brat. She's definitely not a humble person. "Hopefully, I will be able to play the Ryder Cup one day ..." "My favorite player is Tiger Woods. I think I can beat Tiger when I’m 20." "If I ever get bored with golf, I'm going to start over and play lefthanded". "I watch the PGA, not the LPGA. I like the players on the PGA better" Blah, blah. And remember: at the LPGA's Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika where she was 14-over par through 16 holes in the first round before withdrawing, after a conversation with her agent, citing an aggravated wrist injury. The withdrawal was controversial due to the LPGA Rule of 88, which states that a non-LPGA member shooting a score of 88 or more is forced to withdraw and banned from LPGA co-sponsored events for the rest of the year. Wie claimed the injury and not the rule of 88 was the cause of the withdrawal but some observers, including one of her playing partners. Wie was seen two days later practicing at the site of the LPGA Championship in Bulle Rock, Maryland. Etc. etc. BTW, I like what loquaciousone wrote, "Her problem is that she got the fame before she got the game. Everyone else have to get the game before they get the fame". How true. Congrats to Mika Miyazato who seems to be a warm and generous person.
on August 20,2012 | 08:18PM
syhud wrote:
Big deal. She finished eighth. Still considered an inconsistent player considering how much she gets paid. It was fun to see her name up there this week. Fun? She has no drive to win tournaments.
on August 20,2012 | 08:10PM
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