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Miyazato makes it two in a row

Date Posted: 2010-03-04

Ai Miyazato has the hottest set of golf clubs on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour as the 2010 season gets under way, doing something that hasn’t been done in 44 years: she won back-to-back tournaments on two consecutive weekends.

Okinawa’s favorite hometown girl took the Siam Country Club course in Pattaya, Thailand in stride two weekends ago, busting into the open with a birdie on the par 4 16th hole to begin her moves to win the Honda LPGA Thailand. She found the 16th intriguing, playing in 5 under for the week, then went on to par the final two holes to complete the round at 10 under.

Moving just a bit further south to Singapore to the Tanah Merah Garden Course, Miyazato did it again last weekend, pulling out a two-stroke victory in the HSBC Champions Event to become the first LPGA player in 44 years to sweep the season’s first two events. “This is obviously a great start for me,” she said while trying to contain her excitement. “I try to stay in the present in what I do, and that’s really helping my game at the moment.”

A 15-time winner on the Japanese tour, this marked her third career LPGA Tour victory, pocketing $195,000 with the Singapore win. All three of her LPGA victories—she won the Evian Masters last year in France—have come outside the United States.

Miyazato won the HSBC Champions defeating Cristie Kerr Shin Ji-Yai, who won the event last year, tied for third at 7 under with Suzann Petterson, Kim Song-Hee and Yani Tseng. Michelle Wie tied for 15th with a 70, while top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, who won last year and in 2008, finished tied for 338th at 4 over.

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