Ai Miyazato (宮里 藍 Miyazato Ai, born 19 June 1985) is a former Japanese professional golfer who competed on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and the LPGA of Japan Tour (JLPGA). She was the top-ranked golfer in the Women's World Golf Rankings on three occasions in 2010.
Miyazato at the 2010 Women's British Open
|Born||19 June 1985|
Higashi, Okinawa, Japan
|Height||5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)|
|Residence||Higashi, Okinawa, Japan|
|Former tour(s)||LPGA of Japan Tour|
Ladies European Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|Ladies European Tour||2|
|LPGA of Japan Tour||15|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|ANA Inspiration||T15: 2007|
|Women's PGA C'ship||T3: 2006, 2010|
|U.S. Women's Open||T6: 2009, 2011|
|Women's British Open||T3: 2009|
|Evian Championship||T15: 2013|
|Achievements and awards|
|Ladies European Tour|
Order of Merit winner
|William and Mousie|
Early life and amateur careerEdit
Miyazato was born in Higashi, Okinawa, Japan. As an amateur in 2003, she won a professional event on the LPGA of Japan Tour – the Dunlop Ladies Open in Miyagi Prefecture, where she was attending high school at the time.
In her 2004 rookie season on the JLPGA Tour she won five tournaments. In February 2005, she represented Japan along with Rui Kitada and won the inaugural Women's World Cup of Golf. In 2005, she won six events on the JLPGA tour, and was the #2 ranked player on the JLPGA Tour behind Yuri Fudoh.
In winning the Japan Open Championship at age 20 in 2005, Miyazato became the youngest player on the JLPGA Tour to win a major. Furthering the notion that Miyazato revived the JLPGA Tour after the retirement of Ayako Okamoto, over 32,000 spectators, the largest gallery ever to attend a JLPGA event, witnessed the final round.
At the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in Florida in December 2005, Miyazato easily secured her tour card for the 2006 season. She was under-par in four of the five rounds, and was 12 strokes ahead of the closest competitor, which set a record for the largest margin of victory. Back in Japan, on 15 December, she played the opening rounds of the Okinawa Open, becoming the first Japanese woman to compete in a domestic men's professional event, although she failed to make the cut for the final rounds.
In 2010, she won four of the first nine official tournaments on the LPGA Tour and on 21 June rose to number 1 in the Women's World Golf Rankings. She held the spot for only one week and was replaced by Cristie Kerr who held the spot for three weeks, before Miyazato regained the spot again on 19 July, by a narrow margin of 0.0006 average points.
In August, Miyazato won for the fifth time in 2010 at the Safeway Classic in Oregon, with a two-stroke victory over Kerr and Na Yeon Choi. She regained the top spot in the world rankings, which had been briefly retaken by Kerr, but then gave it up to Kerr on 25 October.
In 2011, Miyazato won the Order of Merit on the Ladies European Tour (LET), despite only playing in two events on that tour, the co-sponsored events with the LPGA. The LET has no minimum tournament requirements for membership and her second win at the Evian Masters, whose purse is much larger than most LET events, earned her enough to top the list.
Professional wins (25)Edit
LPGA Tour (9)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||26 Jul 2009||Evian Masters||69-66-70-69=274||–14||Playoff||Sophie Gustafson||487,500|
|2||21 Feb 2010||Honda PTT LPGA Thailand||67-67-70-63=267||–21||1 stroke||Suzann Pettersen||195,000|
|3||28 Feb 2010||HSBC Women's Champions||69-71-69-69=278||–10||2 strokes||Cristie Kerr||195,000|
|4||2 May 2010||Tres Marias Championship||63-72-71-67=273||–19||1 stroke||Stacy Lewis||195,000|
|5||20 Jun 2010||ShopRite LPGA Classic||66-67-64=197||–16||2 strokes||M. J. Hur||225,000|
|6||22 Aug 2010||Safeway Classic||66-67-72=205||–11||2 strokes|| Na Yeon Choi
|7||24 Jul 2011||Evian Masters||68-68-67-70=273||–15||2 strokes||Stacy Lewis||487,500|
|8||21 Apr 2012||LPGA Lotte Championship||71-65-70-70=276||–12||4 strokes|| Meena Lee
|9||1 Jul 2012||Walmart NW Arkansas Championship||68-68-65=200||–12||1 stroke|| Mika Miyazato
LPGA Tour playoff record (1–0)
|1||2009||Evian Masters||Sophie Gustafson||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
JLPGA Tour (15)Edit
Tournament in bold denotes major championships in JLPGA Tour.
Results in LPGA majorsEdit
Results not in chronological order before 2015.
|Women's PGA Championship||DNP||DNP||T3||CUT||CUT||DNP||T3||CUT||T6||T15||CUT|
|U.S. Women's Open||DNP||CUT||T28||T10||T27||T6||T31||T6||T28||T11||CUT|
|Women's British Open||CUT||T11||9||T58||5||T3||T9||CUT||T26||CUT||T45|
|The Evian Championship ^||T15||CUT|
|Women's PGA Championship||DNP||T39||T36|
|U.S. Women's Open||DNP||DNP||T41|
|Women's British Open||CUT||CUT||CUT|
|The Evian Championship||T38||CUT||T32|
^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for a top-10 finish
|Women's PGA Championship||0||0||2||2||3||4||10||6|
|U.S. Women's Open||0||0||0||0||3||4||11||9|
|Women's British Open||0||0||1||2||4||5||14||8|
|The Evian Championship||0||0||0||0||0||1||5||3|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (2012 Kraft Nabisco – 2013 U.S. Open)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2009 U.S. Open - 2009 British Open)
LPGA Tour career summaryEdit
- Official as of 2017 season
* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.
JLPGA prize moneyEdit
Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.
^ Miyazato was last ranked on 25 September 2017. She dropped from the ranking following her retirement.
- Espirito Santo Trophy (representing Japan): 2002
- "Japan Captures Women's World Cup". Golf Channel. Sports Network. 13 February 2005. Retrieved 4 May 2010.[permanent dead link]
- Hack, Damon (5 December 2005). "Golf; Golf's Latest Next Big Thing? She's Already a Star in Japan". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
- Pugmire, Jerome (26 July 2009). "Ai Miyazato of Japan wins Evian Masters". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
- KSDK.com, Miyazato replaces Kerr as women's No. 1 19 July 2010
- Ai Miyazato wins money title with a twist
- "Golf: Former number one Miyazato to announce retirement - report". New York Daily News. Reuters. 27 May 2017.
- "Ai Miyazato Stats". LPGA. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 26 December 2006.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 25 December 2007.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 30 December 2008.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 29 December 2009.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 28 December 2010.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 27 December 2011.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 31 December 2012.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 30 December 2013.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 29 December 2014.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 28 December 2015.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 26 December 2016.
- "Women's World Golf Rankings". 25 September 2017.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ai Miyazato.|
- Official website ‹See Tfd›(in Japanese)
- Ai Miyazato at the LPGA Tour official site
- Ai Miyazato at the LPGA of Japan Tour official site ‹See Tfd›(in Japanese)
- Ai Miyazato at the Ladies European Tour official site
| World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
21 June 2010 – 27 June 2010
| World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
19 July 2010 – 25 July 2010
| World No. 1 Ranked Golfer
22 August 2010 – 24 October 2010