Decidedly, Ai Miyazato is off to a stellar start in 2010.
With her ten-under-par 278 victory this week at the HSBC Women's Champions, she became the first LPGA player in over four decades to start the the season with back-to-back wins. Her ultra-impressive, come-from-behind victory last week in Thailand started the sweep.
Meanwhile Cristie Kerr reaffirmed her place as the USA's top golfer, and offered the tournament a thrilling finish, as she battled Ms. Miyazato down the stretch in the final round. Her first fourteen holes featured five birdies and no bogeys before she took the lead with a birdie on the sixteenth. ~ However, an inauspicious encounter with fire ants, and back-to-back bogies followed, resulting in a 280 second place finish for the tournament. One back in a tie for third were Jiyai Shin, Suzann Pettersen, Yani Tseng and Song-Hee Kim.
The next LPGA event, Kia Classic presented by J Golf, will begin on March 22, at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, CA. It'll be a chance for Ai Miyazato to go for three-in-a-row... and a first win on US soil. I'm guessing that might be the next golf goal for this petite, powerful champion.
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