Ai Miyazato Opens Her Bag
Japan's Ai Miyazato shot 9-under-par 63 on Sunday to win the season-opening Honda PTT LPGA Thailand by one shot over 2007 champ Suzann Pettersen. Miyazato, who was 10-under-par in her final 16 holes, chipped-in for birdie at 18 to clinch her second-career LPGA victory.
"(I) was trying to focus on every single shot and not trying to win or get a low score," said Miyazato. "Just every single shot, try to hit the fairway, hit the green and make some putts. It was really simple, but under the pressure it was really difficult to do. I did it well."
Miyazato entered Sunday five shots behind overnight leader Pettersen, but used a six-hole stretch to erase that deficit and turn Sunday's final round at Siam Country Club's Old Course into a two-player sprint to the finish. Miyazato started her day with a bogey at two, but got it back with a birdie at three. The 24-year-old Rolex Rankings No. 8 then went 6-under from holes six through 11 to move one shot behind Pettersen. The Norwegian, who was 1-under-par 35 on her front nine with a bogey at nine, extended the lead back to two shots with a 12-foot birdie at 10. Miyazato then birdied 13 and 15 to lock the pair at 20-under-par. Pettersen then missed her eight-foot par putt at 16 while Miyazato chipped-in from 10 yards behind the pin at 18 for a two shot swing. Pettersen's 72nd hole eagle effort slid by the hole, but she tapped in for birdie to take runner-up honors by a stroke.
"There's nothing I can do when Ai shoots 9-under," said Pettersen. "I played pretty good golf and I don't waste much energy thinking of why I didn't win it. For me, it was a great start."
Ai Miyazato's bag at the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand 2010
|Driver||TourStage X-Drive prototype (Graphite Design Tour AD), 9.5 degrees|
|3-wood||TourStage X-Drive 701, 15 degrees|
|Hybrid Clubs||TourStage F-UT, 20 degrees; TourStage X-UT 22 degrees|
|Irons (5-PW)||TourStage X-Blade GR C-1 prototype|
|Wedges||TourStage X-Wedge 101 LB prototype (52, 58 degrees)|
|Putter||Odyssey White Hot XG Teron|