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Fri Apr 18 05:03:55 SAST 2014

Miyazato claims maiden LPGA title

TEAMtalk Media | 20 August, 2012 13:350 Comments
Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola - Final Round
Mika Miyazato of Japan poses with the trophy on the 18th hole after her victory during the final round of the Safeway Classic at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club on August 19, 2012 in North Plains, Oregon
Image by: Jonathan Ferrey / Getty Images

Mika Miyazato held her nerve on Sunday to claim her maiden LPGA win with victory in the Safeway Classic.

The 22-year-old Japanese player started the final round with a two-shot lead over So yeon Ryu and she carded a two-under-par 70 to finish with a 13-under score of 203.

Brittany Lincicome and Inbee Park were tied for second after final rounds of 67 and 69 respectively at Pumpkin Ridge's Ghost Creek Course in Oregon.

Miyazato, though, claimed the top honours and walks away with a cheque of $225,000 after ending her four-year wait to win on the LPGA Tour.

"It's my dream to play and win on the LPGA Tour," she told lpga.com. "It was very fulfilling for me to be able to win along with the very famous Ai Miyazato and Ayako Okamoto."

She added: "Like everybody say 'you're very close to the win', but I don't think about the win, because more pressure on me.

"So it's couple like six, seven events I played and like more confidence in my golf game. So I think I need to get a chance, so maybe this week I got more confidence in my golf game. So that's why I played well."

Miyazato is the sixth first time winner of the season, joining Jessica Korda, Azahara Munoz, Shanshan Feng, Brittany Lang and So Yeon Ryu.

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