2011 Mizuno Classic – LPGA Tour in Japan

Japan plays host to the LPGA this week when the Mizuno Open is played at the Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club in Shima-shi, Mie, Japan on the South East coast of Honshu.

The tournament has been played at this same venue in each of the last five years and on two of those occasions Jiyai Shin has been victorious.

Last year Shin defeated Yani Tseng by two shots but, surprisingly, Tseng is not in this year’s line-up.

Shin is not quite the same player she was when winning back in 2010 in fact that was her last victory anywhere after a period where she appeared to de dominating the game. She has not played badly mind you and could yet win an event in 2011 with victory here.

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Ai Miyazato wins the third editon of the HSBC Women’s Champions Event

Japan’s Ai Miyazato has won the third edition of the HSBC Women’s Champions event.

A 69 in the final round to end 10 under for a 278 total saw Miyazato winning the title at Tanah Merah Country Club’s Garden course.

Miyazato, Japan’s No 1 golfer, continued her fine form in Singapore, holding the joint lead going into the final round.

High expectations meant nerves got the better of her, as she started the last round with two bogeys on the first two holes and two more on the back nine.

But the 24-year-old maintained her composure to end the day with seven birdies and lift the trophy plus the US$195,000 cheque.

The Okinawa native’s back-to-back wins was a record-breaking feat, as they were last achieved in 1966 on the LPGA Tour.

She also won the LPGA Thailand last week. Marilynn Smith was last player to win the first two events in a season, in 1966.

Miyazato said her plan was to win the Player of the Year title, but it’s still a long way to go, and she had only finished two tournaments.