May the best Miyazato win this week?

By Randall MellJuly 9, 2011, 11:09 pm

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Ai Miyazato reigned as the No. 1 player in the world last year.

She’s an adored star in Japan.

Mika Miyazato? She would be the sibling trying to get out of her big sister’s shadow, if they were sisters.

Ai and Mika aren’t related, but . . .

“Everybody thinks we’re sisters,” Mika said.

Mika and Ai both grew up in Okinawa, although Ai, 26, is five years older. They first met when Mika went to Ai’s father for a golf lesson when Mika was 10. Though Mika won the Japanese Women's Amateur, she's been the “other Miyazato” for awhile now. She's striving to make her own mark as a pro.

“It’s motivating for me, yes,” Mika said. “Ai and I are good friends, but we are different, and that’s good.”

While Ai’s won 22 times around the world, Mika’s won just once as a professional, but it was a huge stride in carving her own identity. She won the Japan Women’s Open last October, a Japanese major championship.

Mika and Ai are linked this weekend in a quest to join Chako Higuchi as the only Japanese players to win one of the traditional men’s or women’s major championships. Higuchi won the LPGA Championship in 1977.

Mika and Ai were paired together in the third round of the U.S. Women’s Open with Mika leading through 36 holes at 5 under and Ai one shot back at 4 under.

“Playing together should be good for both of us,” Mika said.

There will be intense interest in Japan for obvious reasons, but they’re a feel-good story beyond the golf. Both Miyazatos are heavily involved in Japanese relief efforts to aid the victims of the natural disasters there this year. Mika says she’s donating all her winnings in major championships to the cause.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.