As we spotlight a new player each week we will provide an in depth look into her life on and off the course. This week be sure to read the buzz all about Mika Miyazato and get to know her.
Mika Miyazato shoots 6-under 65 to lead LPGA event
Mika Miyazato changed putters following a missed cut at a tournament in Texas in April, hoping to put a quick end to what had been a disappointing season so far.
Miyazato's move has paid off in the form of her top three finishes of the year — including her best round of the year on Friday.
The Japanese golfer birdied six of 10 holes in the middle of her round to shoot a 6-under 65 and earn the first-round lead at the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship. The round was only Miyazato's second in the 60s this year, topping the 69 she opened her year with in Thailand in February. Read More>>
Mika Miyazato wins first LPGA title at Safeway Classic
Japan's Mika Miyazato won the Safeway Classic on Sunday for her first victory on the LPGA Tour, finishing with a 2-under 70 to beat Brittany Lincicome and Inbee Park by two strokes.
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 advantage after the second.
Lincicome shot 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. She broke through after a pair second-place ties in June.
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. Read More>>
Mika Miyazato’s star is on the rise
With the start of the 2013 LPGA season at hand Mika Miyazato has crossed the great divide that separates players who have won tournaments from those who have not.
The 23-year old Miyazato recorded her first LPGA victory last August in Portland at the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca Cola.
The win was hardly a surprise. Miyazato was a model of consistency throughout 2012, recording nine top-10 finishes in 20 LPGA starts while missing just three cuts. Today she’s a much more confident player than she was at this time last year.
“I feel that my confidence to the game has grown from my first win last year,” Miyazato said via e-mail. “My feelings to the tour now is that I have stepped up to another level, another start line and that I want to challenge to a bigger goal and to win more games.” Read More>>
Ai Miyazato and Mika Miyazato At U.S. Women’s Open Halfway Point
This is not a full blog post, just a little love for Ai-chan and Mika-chan. However, they are not related. They LOVE golf in Japan. If Ai and Mika were able to finish this off and end up 1 and 2, it would be huge. Mika came out on fire in round 2, going 4-under 32 at the turn. Ai finished well birdying 3 of the final 7 holes. And though both are very small, they each birdied 2 of the 3 par 5s in the second round. They look very sharp after two rounds. But leading at the midway point of an Open is a far different thing from leading at the end. Lots of holes to play. Lots of tough competitors looking to make a run. Read More>>
Japanese teenager Mika Miyazato to turn professional
here'll be a second Miyazato on the U.S. LPGA Tour next season.
Japanese golfer Mika Miyazato announced Tuesday she will turn professional after earning a U.S. LPGA Tour card.
The 19-year-old Miyazato, no relation to LPGA regular Ai Miyazato, finished in the top 20 at the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament in Florida on Sunday to earn full playing status for 2009.
She tied for 12th with an 8-under-par total 352 after 90 holes in the qualifying tournament.
"I have only taken the first step in my dream," Miyazato said through her management company. "I'm determined to step up my efforts to meet everyone's expectations." Read More>>