Mika Miyazato wins Safeway Classic
Long stuck in fellow Japanese player Ai Miyazato’s shadow, Mika Miyazato won her first LPGA Tour title Sunday, finishing with a 2-under 70 to beat Brittany Lincicome and Inbee Park by two strokes.
“It was my dream to win and play on the LPGA Tour,” Mika Miyazato said.
Ai Miyazato, who has won 9 LPGA Tour tournaments, ran on the 18th green to congratulate Mika Miyazato after the breakthrough victory. She is the 11th Japanese player to win on the LPGA Tour and the third to win the event, following Ayaka Okamoto in 1986 and Ai Miyazato in 2010.
“It is very fulfilling for me to win along with those other famous players,” Mika Miyazato said.
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 closed with a 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. Since June, she has had six top-10 finishes, including second-place ties in the NW Arkansas Championship and LPGA Championship.
“At the beginning of the season, my short game was no good. I try to work more on short game,” Miyazato said. “My golf game is getting better. I have more confidence in my golf game.”