With a Kerr victory, Miyazato needed to finish solo second to prevent Kerr from taking the No. 1 ranking from her.
With birdies at the 13th, 15th and 16th holes, Miyazato climbed into a tie for second. All Miyazato needed was a birdie at the 18th or for players to fall away from her to get to solo second and assure she would keep her top ranking. Miyazato, however, faltered with a bogey at the last hole.
“That was a little disappointing,” Miyazato said.
Still, Miyazato went out fighting with a 6-under-par 66. When she entered the media interview room, she was tied for third at 283. With Kerr still on the course, Kerr still needs help to gain the No. 1 ranking. She needs players to continue to stay ahead of Miyazato. At this writing, Song-Hee Kim is solo second a shot ahead of Miyazato with Jiyai Shin tied with Miyazato.
“I didn’t know about my status until this morning,” Miyazato said of the battle for No. 1. “But I think it was good motivation for my round.'