Ai Miyazato wins, takes over No. 1 in women's golf
TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Ai Miyazato has much in common with Lorena Ochoa. They're both humble, friendly, competitive, and one other thing. They know what it feels like to be called the world's best women's golfer.
Miyazato climbed to the summit on Sunday, shooting a 7-under 64 to win the $1.5 million ShopRite LPGA Classic by two strokes over M.J. Hur of South Korea on Seaview's Bay Course, just miles from the Atlantic City casino resort.
It was the fourth win in nine events this year for Miyazato, who is finally living up to the expectations thrust on her in 2006 when she made the move from Japan to the LPGA Tour. The 25-year-old now has five wins in the last two season, and she is starting to dominate in a way akin to Ochoa and Annika Sorenstam.
"When I started playing in the States, that's when I really started thinking about being No. 1," Miyazato said after giving herself a belated (Saturday) birthday present. "That became a dream of mine, especially watching Annika (Sorenstam) and Lorena play. Now that I am No. 1, I still can't believe it, but I do feel very comfortable with it."