Mika Miyazato wins Safeway Classic

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Mika Miyazato of Japan poses with the trophy on the 18th hole after her 13 under par victory during the final round of the Safeway Classic at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club on August 19, 2012 in North Plains, Oregon.

Despite a lot of movement in the leaderboard on the Sunday’s final round of the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola, Mika Miyazato managed to hold on to her two-day lead to capture her first career victory on the LPGA Tour.

Miyazato finished 13-under par following rounds of 65-68-70 at the par-72 Ghost Creek Course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. She captured a 2-stroke win over Brittany Lincicome and Inbee Park to become the third Japanese player to win the event, joining Ai Miyazato (2010) and Ayako Okamoto (1986).

The 22-year-old entered the final round leading by two-strokes over So Yeon Ryu and held on to her lead posting three birdies and one bogey for the round. Miyazato, who notches her fourth top-5 finish in the last seven events, earned a $225,000 first place check increasing her career earnings to $2,329,846. The four-year veteran on Tour becomes the sixth Rolex First-Time Winner of the season, joining Jessica Korda, Azahara Munoz, Shanshan Feng, Brittany Lang and So Yeon Ryu.

Log on to LPGA.com later today for more extensive notes and interviews from the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola.

Topics: Winners Story, Miyazato, Mika, Portland Classic

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