Season opener goes to Miyazato

Reuters - Sun, 21 Feb 14:47:00 2010

Japan's Ai Miyazato fired a dazzling nine-under-par 63 in the final round to win the season-opening Honda PTT LPGA Thailand.

Ai Miyazato of Japan waves to fans as he holds with winner's trophy following her victory in the final round of the Golf Honda PTT LPGA Thailand - 0

The 24-year-old chipped in for a birdie on the 18th for a one-shot victory over Norwegian Suzann Pettersen in the Thai resort of Pattaya.

Miyazato finished on 21-under 267 to claim her second LPGA Tour win after winning last year's Evian Masters.

"I didn't think I could win or what score I need to shoot," Miyazato said. "I was concentrating on playing well all day and it was my lucky day. Everything went right."

Pettersen paid tribute to Miyazato.

"There's nothing I can do when Ai shoots nine-under," she said. "I played pretty good golf and I don't waste energy thinking why I didn't win."

Miyazato has also racked up 15 victories on the Japanese women's tour.

"There were a lot of pressure situations today, but I controlled myself really well," she said after pocketing the first prize of $195,000. "I tried to make each shot count."

Taiwan's Yani Tseng (69) finished third, six shots behind Miyazato at 15 under.

Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, the defending Pattaya champion, closed with a 72 to tie for 18th at six under, while Michelle Wie produced a 69 for a share of 22nd at five under.

Reuters

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