Mika Miyazato fulfilled a childhood dream last night by clinching her maiden LPGA Tour title with a wire-to-wire victory at the Safeway Classic.
Despite going four years without lifting silverware on the LPGA circuit, the signs were ominous for the 22-year-old from Japan having recorded six top-10s since June with runner-up finishes in the NW Arkansas Championship and LPGA Championship.
And so it proved on Pumpkin Ridge's Ghost Creek Course as Miyazato claimed a two-shot victory over recent Evian Masters champion Inbee Park and American Brittany Lincicome with a 13-under winning total.
“It was my dream to win and play on the LPGA Tour,” said Miyazato, who becomes the sixth different player to breakthrough on the circuit this season.
“At the beginning of the season, my short game was no good. I tried to work more on short game.
“My game is getting better and I have a lot more confidence.”
Elsewhere, Michelle Wie picked up her first top-10 finish of the season, shooting a 69 to finish eighth at 8-under, while out-of-form World No.1 Yani Tseng finished at 6-under.
“It felt good to get on the leaderboard and see my name up there consistently,” said Wie. “It was a lot of fun.”
Safeway Classic Final Leaderboard
-13 M Miyazato (Jap)
-11 I Park (Kor), B Lincicome (US)