Mika Miyazato

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Mika Miyazato
宮里美香
— Golfer —
2009 LPGA Championship - Mika Miyazato (1).jpg
Miyazato at the 2009 LPGA Championship
Personal information
Born (1989-10-10) 10 October 1989 (age 24)
Okinawa, Japan
Height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Nationality  Japan
Career
Turned professional 2008
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2009)
Professional wins 3
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 1
LPGA of Japan Tour 2
Best results in LPGA major championships
Kraft Nabisco C'ship T7: 2011
LPGA Championship T2: 2012
U.S. Women's Open 5th: 2011
Women's British Open 4th: 2012
The Evian Championship T19: 2013

Mika Miyazato (Japanese: 宮里美香, born 10 October 1989) is a professional golfer from Japan who plays on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour.

Career[edit]

As an amateur, Miyazato won the 2004 Japan Amateur Women's Championship at the age of 14, and was the youngest player to win the event. In the 2006 Asian Games, she won silver medals in the individual and team competitions. Miyazato turned professional in December 2008, after finishing in a tie for 12th in the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, a finish that gave her exempt status on the LPGA Tour. The medalist was Stacy Lewis, with Michelle Wie in a tie for seventh.[1][2]

In her first season as a professional at age 19, she had fourth-place finishes at the LPGA Corning Classic and Wegmans LPGA tournaments in 2009.[1] Miyazato's first professional victory came at the Japan Women's Open Golf Championship in October 2010.[3] That year, she also had five top-10 finishes on the LPGA Tour, including two third-place results, and was 17th on the money list with more than $600,000 in earnings.[4]

In 2011, Miyazato held the 36-hole lead at the U.S. Women's Open and finished fifth.[5][6] She had three other top-10s during the season, and won nearly $600,000.[7]

Despite a slow start, 2012 was Miyazato's best season. After missing three successive cuts in the early spring, she lost in the first round of the Sybase Match Play Championship, and did not have a top twenty finish through May.[8][9] Miyazato rebounded the next week in early June with a tie for third at the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Atlantic City. The following week, she tied for second at the LPGA Championship, two strokes behind winner Shanshan Feng.[8][10] At her next start at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, Miyazato again tied for second. After two additional top ten finishes at the U.S. Women's Open and Jamie Farr Toledo Classic,[8] she won her first LPGA Tour event in August at the Safeway Classic in Oregon.[11] For the season, she earned more than $1 million and had nine top-10 finishes.[12] In October 2013, Miyazato won her second Japan Women's Open title. With a birdie on the last hole of the tournament, she defeated Erika Kikuchi and Miki Saiki by one stroke.[13] Miyazato made less than half of her 2012 earnings during the 2013 LPGA Tour season, with a pair of top-10s.[14]

Although both are from Okinawa, she is not related to fellow LPGA Tour player Ai Miyazato.[15][16]

Professional wins (3)[edit]

LPGA Tour (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 19 Aug 2012 Safeway Classic –13 (65-68-70=203) 2 strokes South Korea Inbee Park, United States Brittany Lincicome

JLPGA wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 3 Oct 2010 Japan Women's Open –12 (68-67-73-68=276) 6 strokes Japan Miki Saiki
2 6 Oct 2013 Japan Women's Open E (70-70-73-75=288) 1 stroke Japan Miki Saiki, Japan Erika Kikuchi

Tournaments in bold denotes JLPGA major championships.

Results in LPGA majors[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP T40 T7 CUT T63 CUT
U.S. Women's Open T57 CUT 5 T7 T31 CUT
Women's British Open T11 CUT T14 4 T59 T38
LPGA Championship T39 13 T8 T2 T22 CUT
The Evian Championship ^ T19 T36

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
DNP = did not play
"T" = tied
CUT = missed the half-way cut
Yellow background for top-10s.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Kraft Nabisco Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 3
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 0 1 2 2 6 4
Women's British Open 0 0 0 1 1 3 6 5
LPGA Championship 0 1 0 1 2 4 6 5
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
Totals 0 1 0 3 6 11 25 19
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (2012 LPGA – 2013 Evian Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (twice)

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made
Wins 2nds 3rds Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
Rolex
ranking
2007 1 1 0 0 0 0 T15 n/a n/a 70.50 n/a 253
2009 22 16 0 0 0 3 4 284,788 49 72.70 75 60
2010 23 19 0 0 2 5 3 608,889 17 71.55 22 22
2011 20 19 0 0 0 4 5 591,688 22 71.17 12 24
2012 20 17 1 2 1 9 1 1,098,749 11 70.94 10 11
2013 21 18 0 0 1 2 3 417,658 36 71.99 50 21
  • official through 24 November 2013[17]

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mika Miyazato" (PDF). LPGA. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament". LPGA. 7 December 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mika Miyazato makes amends in Japan Women's Open". Golfweek. 3 October 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "2010 Player Performance Record". LPGA. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Shapiro, Leonard (9 July 2011). "Miyazato grabs halfway lead at storm-hit U.S. Women's Open". Reuters. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "LPGA Tour Leaderboard: U.S. Women's Open, Final Round". ESPN. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "2011 Player Performance Record". LPGA. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c "Mika Miyazato Tournament Results: 2012". LPGA. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Gola, Hank (17 May 2012). "New year, new approach for Gulbis at Sybase". New York Daily News. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Mickey, Lisa D. (10 June 2012). "First Chinese Win on Tour Comes in L.P.G.A. Major". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Mika Miyazato wins Safeway Classic". ESPN. Associated Press. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Mika Miyazato Stats: 2012". LPGA. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Mika Miyazato wins Japan Women's Open by 1". Fox News Channel. The Sports Network. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Mika Miyazato Stats: 2013". LPGA. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Miyazato Lead U.S. Women's Open As Third Round Suspended". The Sports Network. Associated Press. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  16. ^ "Mika Miyazato turns pro after qualifying for LPGA card". ESPN. Associated Press. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  17. ^ "Mika Miyazato Stats". LPGA. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 

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