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Monday, 23rd April 2012
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Golfer Miyazato claims LPGA Lotte Championship for Japan

Ai Miyazato emerged victorious from the Lady's Professional Golf Associaition (LPGA) Lotte Championship at Ko Olina in Kapolei, Hawaii.

Hitting a two-under-par 70 during the final round, the Japanese golf star picked up the eighth LPGA title of her career, ending the tournament on a 12-under 276, four strokes ahead of her nearest rival.

The 26-year-old, 5'2" golfer takes away a share of the $1.7 million tournament prize for her efforts, the AFP reported.

"I don't know what happened," she told the news provider.

"I just focused on my game. I was pretty nervous toward the end because I know everyone is playing so well. I had to finish really strong."

Windy conditions made it difficult on the tropical course, but Miyazato looked comfortable as she headed into the final round three shots in the lead.

The victory comes following two tournaments in which she had to accept being second best to Taiwan's world number one, Yani Tseng.

Miyazoto, who is from Higashi in Okinawa, last won an LPGA tournament in July 2011 when she beat America's Stacy Lewis to the Evian Masters title.

Written by Susan Ballion