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Ai Miyazato holds the #1 LPGA slot another week

Date Posted: 2010-10-21

Ai Miyazato sat on the sidelines throughout the weekend watching Spain’s Beatriz Recari capture her first U.S. Ladies Professional Golf Association title, while at the same time keeping an eye on American Cristie Kerr, who could have bumped her from the top spot in the LPGA Rolex rankings.

Recari won the CVS Pharmacy LPGA Challenge, the final LPGA event of the season, by carding a two-under 10 to carry in a 14-under par total of 274 in the event at Danville, California. The 23-year-old Recari had led early in the match, then shook off poor weather conditions and a late bogey to card a one-shot victory of France’s Gwladys Nocera.

Ai Miyazato clung to the number one LPGA Rolex player spot as the season wound down. Cristie Kerr could have overshadowed her to claim the top position, but she needed at least a tie for third place in the CVS Pharmacy LPGA Challenge to do it. That didn’t happen, as she wound up closing with a 70 to finish tied for fifth with Wendy War at 277. “I figured if I could have another low round, I could manage to do it,” said Kerr, “but the weather conditions were a lot tougher and I didn’t quite hit it good enough to get it done.”

For Recari, who smiled as she put the $165,000 first prize in her pocket, it was a special victory as she’d gone more than a year since blowing a five-stroke lead at the Finnair Masters on the Ladies European Tour before winning in a playoff. Recari’s off to Malaysia to participate in the Sime Darby LPGA. The LPGA makes three stops in Malaysia, Japan and Korea before heading to Mexico for a tournament, followed by the Tour Championship season finale in Florida.

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