Ai Miyazato Wins Second Evian Masters Title

Ai Miyazato, 2011 Evian Masters Champion

Two years ago Ai Miyazato wore the title no LPGA golfer wants, the best player without an LPGA win. She joined the American tour alread a superstar on her native JLPGA. She showed what potential she had by absolutely crushing the field at LPGA Q-school, setting a record for margin of victory (12 strokes) and joining the American-based tour as a rookie in 2006. Hordes of media followed her every move in the States. The LPGA celebrated a potential new champion. But though she soon proved to be a talent on her new tour, the wins did not come. Going into the 2009 Evian Masters, she had become just another good player. She would change that perception by tying for the lead at the end of 72 holes with Sophie Gustafson. Winning on the first playoff hole, Ai set in motion a chain of success culminating in 5 wins in 2010 that would elevate her to among the handful of elite players in the world.

Still, Ai did not finish 2010 the way she started, with mediocre play at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational and missing the cut at the Tour Championship with the #1 world ranking as a possibility. She started 2011 once again very good but not great. Then tragedy struck her home country in March with the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The catastrophe hit Sendai hard, where Ai went to high school. Sports cannot erase what damage the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis at Fukushima have done to Japan, but for just a few moments people can cheer together and come together as one in triumph. Nadeshiko Japan lifted the spirit of an entire nation with their stirring victory at the 2011 Women’s World Cup. With another victory at the 2011 Evian Masters, Ai Miyazato has done the same.

Although Ai was solid with a final round 2-under 70 to finish 15-under overall, I was a bit surprised none of the top 5 finishers (T3 until the 6th place finisher) made a real run. There were 68s and 67s available on Sunday, but the pressure of a final round might have induced one or two poor strokes from Ai’s nearest competitors. In particular, Stacy Lewis, a growing superstar, had a few uncharacteristic putting yips that might have been the difference between second place and winning.

Stacy Lewis

That said, Stacy didn’t play poorly. She just came up short on a few strokes. Still, she made the final three for shot of the day.

In 2009, Ai was the best LPGA player without an LPGA win. But now she might hold another dubious title, the best LPGA player without an LPGA Major. I would not bet against her erasing that at the upcoming 2011 Women’s British Open.

AI MIYAZATO

STACY LEWIS

RAN HONG

ANGELA STANFORD

MIKI SAIKI

IN-KYUNG KIM

SUZANN PETTERSEN

PAULA CREAMER

POS START CNTRY PLAYER TO PAR THRU TODAY R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL MONEY
1 1 JPN MIYAZATO, Ai -15 F -2 68 68 67 70 273 $487,500
2 T2 USA LEWIS, Stacy -13 F -2 69 67 69 70 275 $302,406
T3 T6 KOR KIM, I.K. -12 F -2 74 68 64 70 276 $175,223
T3 T2 USA STANFORD, Angela -12 F -1 70 66 69 71 276 $175,223
T3 T2 JPN SAIKI, Miki -12 F -1 68 67 70 71 276 $175,223
T6 T13 NOR PETTERSEN, Suzann -11 F -4 73 67 69 68 277 $95,752
T6 T13 USA PRESSEL, Morgan -11 F -4 71 69 69 68 277 $95,752
T6 T2 KOR HONG, Ran -11 F E 69 69 67 72 277 $95,752
T9 T8 JPN MIYAZATO, Mika -10 F -1 71 68 68 71 278 $67,606
T9 T8 KOR AHN, Shin-Ae -10 F -1 67 69 71 71 278 $67,606
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T9 T6 SWE HJORTH, Maria -10 F E 67 69 70 72 278 $67,606
T12 T18 TPE TSENG, Yani -9 F -3 69 73 68 69 279 $56,125
T12 T11 SWE HEDWALL, Caroline -9 F -1 73 66 69 71 279 $56,125
T14 T30 KOR YANG, Amy -8 F -5 73 67 73 67 280 $48,124
T14 T21 USA LINCICOME, Brittany -8 F -3 68 71 72 69 280 $48,124
T14 T13 USA CREAMER, Paula -8 F -1 70 67 72 71 280 $48,124
T17 T36 SWE NORDQVIST, Anna -7 F -5 77 68 69 67 281 $40,398
T17 T21 KOR PARK, Inbee -7 F -2 69 70 72 70 281 $40,398
T17 T13 JPN UEHARA, Ayako -7 F E 70 70 69 72 281 $40,398
T17 T11 KOR SHIN, Jiyai -7 F +1 69 69 70 73 281 $40,398
T21 T30 USA MACKENZIE, Paige -6 F -3 71 72 70 69 282 $34,769
T21 T21 KOR CHOI, Na Yeon -6 F -1 72 68 71 71 282 $34,769
T21 T18 JPN FUDOH, Yuri -6 F E 71 69 70 72 282 $34,769
T21 T8 USA KERR, Cristie -6 F +3 68 69 70 75 282 $34,769
T25 T55 KOR CHOI, Chella -5 F -6 73 71 73 66 283 $29,885
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T25 T41 GBR REID, Melissa -5 F -4 72 70 73 68 283 $29,885
T25 T30 USA PRAMMANASUDH, Stacy -5 F -2 71 68 74 70 283 $29,885
T25 T21 SWE GUSTAFSON, Sophie -5 F E 71 70 70 72 283 $29,885
T29 T41 JPN MORITA, Rikako -4 F -3 71 70 74 69 284 $25,994
T29 T18 ENG STUPPLES, Karen -4 F +2 67 70 73 74 284 $25,994
T29 T13 USA HURST, Pat -4 F +3 70 70 69 75 284 $25,994
T32 T36 KOR PAK, Se Ri -3 F -1 71 69 74 71 285 $22,558
T32 T30 KOR JI, Eun-Hee -3 F E 69 73 71 72 285 $22,558
T32 T30 KOR RYU, So-Yeon -3 F E 72 69 72 72 285 $22,558
T32 T26 CHN FENG, Shanshan -3 F +1 68 72 72 73 285 $22,558
T36 T60 USA THOMPSON, Alexis -2 F -4 70 73 75 68 286 $18,023
T36 T55 TPE KUNG, Candie -2 F -3 74 69 74 69 286 $18,023
T36 T41 JPN HATTORI, Mayu -2 F -1 72 73 70 71 286 $18,023
T36 T41 KOR LIM, Ji-Na -2 F -1 73 70 72 71 286 $18,023
T36 T26 KOR LEE, Ji-Woo -2 F +2 70 73 69 74 286 $18,023
T36 T26 SCT MATTHEW, Catriona -2 F +2 71 68 73 74 286 $18,023
T36 T21 JPN IIJIMA, Akane -2 F +3 72 69 70 75 286 $18,023
43 T41 USA GULBIS, Natalie -1 F E 70 73 72 72 287 $15,231
T44 T48 KOR LEE, Meena E F E 71 73 72 72 288 $13,328
T44 T48 AUS WRIGHT, Lindsey E F E 73 71 72 72 288 $13,328
T44 T48 USA LACROSSE, Cindy E F E 72 69 75 72 288 $13,328
T44 T41 USA KIM, Christina E F +1 75 69 71 73 288 $13,328
T44 T36 KOR YOO, Sun Young E F +2 73 68 73 74 288 $13,328
T44 T36 FRA LAGOUTTE-CLEMENT, Virginie E F +2 69 71 74 74 288 $13,328
T50 T67 DEU GAL, Sandra +1 F -3 70 74 76 69 289 $10,762
T50 T64 PRY GRANADA, Julieta +1 F -2 72 72 75 70 289 $10,762
T50 T60 KOR YOON, Seul-A +1 F -1 75 69 74 71 289 $10,762
T50 T36 KOR KIM, Hyun-Ji +1 F +3 72 70 72 75 289 $10,762
T50 T30 KOR KIM, Song-Hee +1 F +4 71 71 71 76 289 $10,762
T50 T26 KOR PARK, Hee Young +1 F +5 71 72 69 77 289 $10,762
T56 T60 ESP MUNOZ, Azahara +2 F E 72 70 76 72 290 $8,803
T56 T48 ENG JOHNSON, Trish +2 F +2 75 70 71 74 290 $8,803
T56 T48 FRA NOCERA, Gwladys +2 F +2 76 68 72 74 290 $8,803
T56 T48 USA WARD, Wendy +2 F +2 74 70 72 74 290 $8,803
T56 T48 USA BOWIE YOUNG, Heather +2 F +2 72 69 75 74 290 $8,803
T56 T41 AUS WEBB, Karrie +2 F +3 71 72 72 75 290 $8,803
T62 70 JPN RYU, Ritsuko +3 F -3 68 77 77 69 291 $7,699
T62 T64 USA LANG, Brittany +3 F E 75 70 74 72 291 $7,699
T62 T64 USA O’TOOLE, Ryann +3 F E 71 70 78 72 291 $7,699
T62 T55 JPN OYAMA, Shiho +3 F +2 71 70 76 74 291 $7,699
66 T67 DNK TINNING, Iben +5 F +1 72 73 75 73 293 $7,285
T67 T55 FRA CAUDAL, Anne-Lise +8 F +7 72 71 74 79 296 $7,036
T67 T55 KOR KANG, Jimin +8 F +7 72 69 76 79 296 $7,036
69 69 KOR KIM, Hye-Youn +9 F +4 72 73 76 76 297 $6,788
70 T60 JPN NOMURA, Haru +10 F +8 75 69 74 80 298 $6,623
Players below this line have missed the cut.
CUT KOR AHN, Sun-Ju +2 76 70 146
CUT JPN KANEDA, Kumiko +2 75 71 146
CUT USA MCPHERSON, Kristy +2 76 70 146
CUT NLD BOELJON, Christel +3 73 74 147
CUT ENG DAVIES, Laura +3 76 71 147
CUT USA INKSTER, Juli +3 75 72 147
CUT KOR LEE, Seon Hwa +3 71 76 147
CUT JPN MOGI, Hiromi +3 75 72 147
CUT ZAF SIMON, Ashleigh +3 75 72 147
CUT USA SONG, Jennifer +3 75 72 147
CUT COL URIBE, Mariajo +3 72 75 147
CUT JPN BABA, Yukari +4 75 73 148
CUT KOR BAE, Kyeong +4 75 73 148
CUT JPN KITADA, Rui +4 75 73 148
CUT ZAF PACE, Lee-Anne +4 76 72 148
CUT ENG PARKER, Florentyna +4 74 74 148
CUT ESP RECARI, Beatriz +4 75 73 148
CUT KOR SEO, Hee Kyung +4 73 75 148
CUT JPN UEDA, Momoko +4 74 74 148
CUT FRA AFONSO, Caroline +5 73 76 149
CUT WAL BREWERTON, Becky +5 74 75 149
CUT JPN FUKUSHIMA, Akiko +5 74 75 149
CUT USA FUTCHER, Katie +5 73 76 149
CUT KOR LEE, Jee Young +5 72 77 149
CUT KOR LEE, Seung-Hyun +5 79 70 149
CUT KOR PARK, Grace +5 75 74 149
CUT USA WIE, Michelle +5 76 73 149
CUT TPE HUNG, Amy +6 76 74 150
CUT KOR HUR, M.J. +6 77 73 150
CUT USA KIM, Mindy +6 75 75 150
CUT USA BLUMENHERST, Amanda +7 78 73 151
CUT USA HURST, Vicky +7 78 73 151
CUT KOR HAN, Hee-Won +8 79 73 152
CUT SVK KAMASOVA, Zuzana +8 79 73 152
CUT IND NICOLLET, Sharmila +9 81 72 153
CUT ITA LUNA, Diana +10 81 73 154
CUT CHE ROMINGER, Caroline +10 76 78 154
CUT RUS VERCHENOVA, Maria +11 81 74 155
CUT AUS SMITH, Kristie +13 80 77 157
CUT FRA GIQUEL-BETTAN, Sophie +16 84 76 160
CUT CAN SHARP, Alena +18 80 82 162

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