Ai Miyazato clinched her first title of the year at the Evian Masters today and pledged to share her prize money with the people still suffering in the aftermath of the disasters back home in Japan.
Miyazato shot a 2-under 70 to protect her two-shot lead and hold off a surge from Stacy Lewis of the United States, the Kraft Nabisco winner who missed a golden chance to even the scores on the 16th hole.
Miyazato, 26, will now donate at least part of her $487,500 first prize to the relief efforts in Japan.
“I haven’t decided yet, whether it will be all of the amount or some of it,” she said. “This year I was playing for Japan.”
“It feels amazing, this is my favorite tournament so I’m really happy that I could win this again,” Miyazato said. “Especially (because) right now, Japan’s having a tough time. So I am just really happy to bring some happiness to Japan.”
Miyazato had not won a title since the Safeway Classic last August, and she now has seven LPGA titles overall. She won her first at Evian in 2009 and added five more last year.
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Wie was tied for 137th on the tour this year with almost 31 putts per round, and her 62 tally (32, 30) for two days at the Evian certainly didn’t help her break out of her overall slump.