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Monday, 25th July 2011
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Ai Miyazato promises to share her winnings with tsunami victims

Ai Miyazato has pledged to share some of her winnings with the victims of the March earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan, after claiming her second Evian Masters title this weekend.

The Japanese golfer was able to see off stiff competition from America's Stacy Lewis to claim the crown in France on Sunday (July 24th).

As a result of the win, the 26-year-old from Okinawa was presented with a cheque for more than 363,000 euros (40.8 million yen).

She said: "I haven't decided yet what to do exactly, whether it'll be all the amount or a sum of it, but I'll definitely be making a donation from this earning."

Miyazato has been wearing a button on her hat during recent tournaments to publicise the foundation she created with other players Mika Miyazato and Momoko Ueda to help with Japan's recovery.

"By wearing this button and playing, I have Japan in my thoughts, and gives me motivation to play as well," she said.

In 2010, Miyazoto was the top-ranked golfer in the Women's World Golf Rankings.

Written by Mark Smith