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Miyazato wins, will be world's No. 1

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — There's a new No. 1 player in women's golf — Ai Miyazato.

The Japanese star, 25, shot 7-under 64 Sunday to win the LPGA Classic by two strokes at 16-under 197 over South Korea's M.J. Hur (68), the second-round leader.

After her fourth win of the season, Miyazato is guaranteed to take over the top spot today from South Korea's Jiyai Shin.

The victory was Miyazato's fifth on the LPGA Tour but her first in the United States.

"When I started playing in the States, that's when I really started thinking about being No. 1," Miyazato said. "That became a dream of mine, especially watching Annika (Sorenstam) and Lorena (Ochoa) play. Now that I am No. 1, I still can't believe it, but I do feel very comfortable with it."

Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (74) finished at 4-over 217 to tie for 72nd.

Nationwide: Chris Kirk finished at 16-under 264 for a one-shot victory at the Fort Smith Classic in Arkansas. He won his first title as a pro and earned a spot on the PGA Tour next year.

British Amateur: South Korea's Jin Jeong, 20, became the first Asian player to win the title in the competition's 125-year history. Jeong beat James Byrne of Scotland 5 and 4 in a 36-hole final in Muirfield, Scotland.

Miyazato wins, will be world's No. 1 06/20/10 [Last modified: Sunday, June 20, 2010 11:08pm]
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