In the WInner's Circle with Mika Miyazato

Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Mika Miyazato of Japan celebrates her win with a par putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the Safeway Classic at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club on August 19, 2012 in North Plains, Oregon.

Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola
August 19, 2012

Hometown/Current residence – Okinawa, Japan/Bradenton, Fla.

Birthdate – October 10, 1989 – currently 22 years, 10 months and 9 days

Qualified for LPGA Tour – Tied for 12th at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status for the 2009 LPGA season

Turned Professional – December 2008

Becomes the sixth Rolex First-Time Winner of 2012, joining Jessica Korda (ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open), Azahara Munoz (Sybase Match Play Championship), Shanshan Feng (Wegmans LPGA Championship), Brittany Lang (Manulife Financial LPGA Classic) and So Yeon Ryu (Jamie Farr Toledo Classic Presented by Kroger, Owens Corning and O-I)

Becomes the 11th player from Japan to win on the LPGA Tour

She is the third Japanese player to win the Safeway Classic, joining Ai Miyazato (2010) and Ayaka Okamoto (1986)

Captures her first career victory in her 79th start on the LPGA Tour

Earns 30 points toward the Rolex Player of the Year race, increasing total to 77 points

With the $225,000 first-place check, she increases her career earnings to $2,329,846 and increases season earnings to $844,482

Sixth top-10 finish in 14 events played in 2012. Also marks her fourth top-5 finish in her last seven events

Previous top-10 finishes in 2012 include a tie for third at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, a tie for second at the Wegmans LPGA Championship and the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G, a T7 at the U.S. Women’s Open and the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic Presented by Kroger, Owens Corning and O-I


Topics: In the winners circle, Portland Classic, Miyazato, Mika

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