Rolex Rankings Move of the Week: Mika Miyazato

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Mika Miyazato of Japan kisses poses with a Rolex watch 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.

Four-Year LPGA Tour veteran Mika Miyazato became the sixth Rolex First-Time Winner of the season and had the Rolex Rankings Move of the Week with her win at the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola moving nine spots to No. 10. Despite a lot of movement in the leaderboard on the Ghost Creek Course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Miyazato fired rounds of 65-68-70 to capture a 2-stroke win over Brittany Lincicome and Inbee Park.

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.

Fellow Japanese players Ai Miyazato and Momoko Ueda joined Miyazato on the 18th green after sinking her putt for par to secure the win. With tears in her eyes, Miyazato celebrated her first win in her79th start on the LPGA Tour.

Topics: Rolex Rankings Move of the Week, Miyazato, Mika, Portland Classic

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