PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The name Miyazato hit the leaderboard Friday morning at the LPGA Championship.
Different Miyazato, though.
Mika Miyazato, a second year pro from Japan, made birdie at her 14th hole, moving her into a tie for second at that moment behind Cristie Kerr. Mika is no relation to Ai Miyazato, the No. 1 player in the world. Mika is ranked 49th in the world. She’s the youngest winner of the Japan Amateur Women’s Championship, claiming it when she was 14. She didn’t play the Japan LPGA Tour as Ai did. Instead, she headed to the United States after turning pro. Mika has just one top-10 LPGA finish this year and is seeking her first LPGA title.
Mika is part of Japan's emerging contingent. She's one of 10 Japanese players among the top 50 in the world rankings. Only South Korea (20) has more players among the top 50. The United States is third with nine.