Not going down without a fight


PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Cristie Kerr may have taken all the drama out of the fight to see who will win the LPGA Championship, but Ai Miyazato is adding high drama to the battle for the No. 1 ranking.

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.'