Miyazato plans to aid Japan relief after Evian Masters win

Ai Miyazato clinched her first title of the year at the Evian Masters on Sunday and pledged to share her prize money with the people still suffering in the aftermath of the disasters back home in Japan.

Miyazato shot a 2-under 70 to protect her two-shot lead and hold off a surge from Stacy Lewis of the United States, the Kraft Nabisco winner who missed a golden chance to even the scores on the 16th hole.

The 26-year-old Miyazato will now donate at least part of her $487,500 first prize to the relief efforts in Japan.

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Japan’s Miyazato leads Evian Masters

Japan’s Ai Miyazato had a bogey-free third round of 67 here Saturday to take the lead and raise her hopes of repeating her 2009 victory in the Evian Masters.Japanese Ai Miyazato hits a drive during the Evian Masters Golf Tournament in Evian-les-Bains, French Alps. Miyazato had a bogey-free third round of 67 here Saturday to take the lead and raise her hopes of repeating her 2009 victory in the Evian Masters.

On a day that started dull and wet, the sun was shining by the time leaders set out and Miyazato took advantage of the ideal conditions with a glorious round of five birdies for a 13 under par total that pushed her two shots ahead of a packed field.

Four players shared second place – Americans Stacy Lewis and Angela Stanford, South Koreas Hong Ran and the halfway leader, Japans Miki Saiki.Miyazato admits she struggled during the early part of the season in the wake of her countrys earthquake disaster.

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U.S. Women’s Open: Miyazato ready to lift Japan

Mika Miyazato could turn the U.S. Women’s Open into the feel-good story her disaster-ravaged country seeks and back it with cash.

Miyazato shot 67 to grab the lead at 5-under 137 at the halfway point Saturday at the Broadmoor, where rain once again stopped play early and brought up the prospect of a grueling 36-hole finale today.

She had a one-shot lead over Ai Miyazato, who is not related but is from the same city, Okinawa. When the Miyazatos return to the course, they will play in the final group together, each wearing red and white pins they created to raise awareness for the thousands of victims in a country ravaged by an earthquake, a tsunami and a resulting nuclear catastrophe.

The pins have Japanese characters that translate to "Never Give Up Japan."

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Miyazato ahead at LPGA Safeway Classic

Japan’s Ai Miyazato fired a six-under 66 for the first-round lead at the LPGA Safeway Classic at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

Miyazato had a one-stroke lead on Taiwan’s Teresa Lu and Jee Young Lee of South Korea.

Miyazato is in a five-way tussle for the world’s top ranking with American Cristie Kerr, Jiyai Shin of South Korea, Suzann Pettersen of Norway and Yani Tseng of Taiwan.

Since the retirement of Lorena Ochoa earlier this year, Miyazato, Kerr and Shin have traded the top ranking six times in the past three months.

"Even though it was just for two weeks, I was so very happy," Miyazato said about being number one.

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Japan’s Miyazato leads Evian Masters by 1 stroke

Mika Miyazato of Japan shot a 5-under 67 for the second-round lead at the Evian Masters on Friday.

Michelle Wie started the day tied for sixth at 4 under, but slipped down the leaderboard at 1 over after a sluggish round (77) that included a quintuple bogey on the 10th hole.

Defending champion Ai Miyazato of Japan managed a 72 to stay 3 under overall and six shots off the lead.

Miyazato was 9 under and had a one-stroke lead over Gwladys Nocera of France. Miyazato had six birdies. Nocera had an eagle and five birdies in her round.

The 20-year-old Miyazato played through two weather delays, a shorter one in the morning and a longer break midway through the afternoon.

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Japan’s Ai Miyazato aims to become the world’s number one golfer

Japan’s Ai Miyazato aims to become the world number one this week, brimming with confidence after winning her fourth US Tour title at the Tres Marias Championship over the weekend.

South Korea’s Shin Ji-Yai, 2009 USLPGA Rookie of the Year, snatched the top spot by winning the Cyber Agent Ladies last weekend on the Japan Tour, overtaking Lorena Ochoa of Mexico.

Ochoa, who bade farewell after finishing sixth in the Tres Marias Championship, held the top spot for three years in a row from 2007.

Miyazato, currently ranked third in the world, has a chance to take top place if she wins the World Ladies Championship at the Ibaraki Golf Club this week.

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Inkster and Ai Miyazato neck and neck at LPGA HSBC Women’s Champions Tournament

Juli Inkster and Ai Miyazato each shot 3-under-par 69 Saturday and are tied for the lead at the LPGA’s HSBC Women’s Champions tournament in Singapore.

Inkster, 49, would be the oldest golfer to win an LPGA event if she can pick up career title No. 32 on Sunday while Miyazato, 24, will be shooting for her second tour title in as many weeks. They are at 7-under 209 after 54 holes.

Momoko Ueda, who tied for Saturday’s best round with a 68, is among four players tied for third two strokes behind the leaders. She, Park Hee-young (69 Saturday), Sun Young Yoo (71) and Han Hee-won (71) have three-round totals of 5-under 211.

Second-round co-leaders Kim Song-hee and Angela Stanford were both over par Saturday. Stanford shot 2-over 74 and is tied for 10th, four strokes off the lead. Kim turned in a 3-over 75 and is tied for 15th another stroke back.

Miyazato had three birdies and two bogeys on the front side Saturday and grabbed a share of the lead with an eagle at the 269-yard, par-4 16th hole by dropping a 30-foot putt.

Inkster had four birdies and a bogey with two of the birdies coming on par 3s.