Former LPGA No. 1 Miyazato Announces Retirement

The LPGA will soon be saying goodbye to another former great.

A week after Ha Na Jang announced her plans to return to South Korea, Ai Miyazoto, a 31-year-old from Japan, announced that this current season will be her last.

 
Miyazoto was ranked No. 1 in the world as recently as 2010, although her career has fallen well off that torrid early start.


Bullets

  • Immediate Star: Miyazato exploded onto the LPGA scene when she won the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in 2005 by a staggering 12 strokes.
  • 25 & 0: While Miyazato has 25 professional victories between the U.S. and Asia, she has never won a major, something she was often criticized for in the LPGA.
  • Long slump: Miyazato’s last LPGA victory came at the 2012 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.
  • Part-timer: Currently ranked 114th in the world, Miyazato has played in just five events this season, mixing three missed cuts with finishes of T35 and T50.
  • Unmotivated: The reason Miyazato gave for the decision to retire was a “lack of motivation,” which she says has been a struggle over the past five years.

Quotable

“Being a professional is all about results and lately I wasn’t able to achieve good results.”
Ai Miyazato


This post appeared originally as part of the Daily Rundown.


Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.

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