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Monday, 27th July 2009
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Miyazato wins Evian Masters

Japanese golfer Ai Miyazato has won the Evian Masters tournament, after shooting a birdie at the first playoff hole.

Miyazato was playing against Swedish player Sophie Gustafson, who was left disappointed after 24-year-old Miyazato hit her second shot into the bunker on the 477-yard par five 18th hole in a playoff match between the pair.

According to match reports, Gustafson could have won on the 18th hole, but she failed to putt the ball.

The victorious Japanese golfer said she felt very happy to have won and said she had dreamed about winning the tournament from a young age.

The sudden-death playoff between the pair was the third such event in three years at the tournament.

Miyazato is the 11th Japanese player to have won an LPGA Tour event.

In terms of success, Ayako Okamato is top of the list, with 17 LGPA Tour wins, the last being in 1992.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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