LPGA play un­der­way

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Miyazato over­comes big deficit to win

PAT­TAYA, Thai­land (AP) — Ja­panese star Ai Miyazato ral­lied to win the sea­son-open­ing Honda PTT LPGA Thai­land on Sun­day, nail­ing a 30-foot birdie chip on the fi­nal hole for a 9-un­der 63 and a one-stroke victory over Nor­way’s Suzann Pet­tersen.

Miyazato, six strokes be­hind Pet­tersen af­ter the third round, was 6 un­der in a six-hole stretch mid­way through the round, then birdied three of the last six holes to match the tour­na­ment record of 21 un­der set by Pet­tersen in Oc­to­ber 2007.

“I didn’t think of winning. I was just fo­cused on my game and tried to do my best in the fi­nal round,” Miyazato said. “It was my lucky day as no mat­ter what I did was right. This victory is a good start of the sea­son for me.”

Pet­tersen fin­ished with a 70 Siam Coun­try Club’s Old Course. She had a chance to force a play­off on the par-5 18th, but missed a 23-foot ea­gle try.

The 24-year-old Miyazato earned US$195,000 for her sec­ond LPGA Tour ti­tle.

Tai­wan’s Yani Tseng (69) was third, six strokes back at 15 un­der. Kar­rie Webb (67) and Cristie Kerr (70) fol­lowed at 13 un­der, and Laura Davies 65), Maria Hjorth (71), Momoko Ueda (72) and Song-Hee Kim (73) were 12 un­der.

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