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Miyazato slides from 1st in LPGA

Date Posted: 2010-07-01

Ai Miyazato slipped from her first place ranking in the Rolex Ladies Professional Golf Association numbers my mere fractions of a point Sunday, all because a comeback effort at the LPGA Championship Presented by Wegmans fell short.

Miyazato shot a 6-under-66 in the final round to close out the tournament with a 5-under 283, winding up tied for third as Cristie Kerr hammered the competition with a 19-under-par 269. South Korea’s Kim Song Hee finished second in the $2.25 million tournament. “I played really good, too, but Cristie was just better than me,” Miyazato said, praising the winner. “Even if it’s just for a week in first, I was able to get experience, and I will take many positive things out of it.”

Although Kerr roared past the competition at the LPGA Championship in Pittsford, New York, she squeezed into first place in the Rolex Ladies Professional Golf Association rankings by only .12 point, 10.45 points average to Miyazato’s 10.33 points. The difference came in Miyazato’s having played 56 events to amass 578.42 points, while Kerr tallied 480.71 points in 46 events. Shin Jiyai of South Korea’s now ranked third, Suzann Pettersen fourth and Yani Tseng fifth.

Miyazato chalked up seven birdies in the final round, including three in a row on holes 5,6 and 7. “I had many birdie chances out there, and I hit the ball well,” “I had really strong focus and it was really enjoyable. I didn’t know about my status until this morning,” she said of a Sunday morning briefing when she found out Kerr could take away the first place standing she had held only a week.

She’s yet to win a major tournament, finishing third, the same as her finishes in the 2006 LPGA Championship and 2009 British Open.

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