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PHOENIX (AP) -- Ai Miyazato regained control in the LPGA Founders Cup on Saturday, ending up with a bigger cushion than she expected after Stacy Lewis was penalized two strokes after the round.
Making three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the back nine and saving par with a 12-foot putt on the finishing hole, Miyazato shot her second straight 5-under 67 after opening with a tournament-record 64. At 19-under 197, the diminutive Japanese star had a four-stroke lead over Stacy Lewis and Jee Young Lee.
"It was a pretty solid round," said Miyazato, seeking her 10th LPGA Tour victory. "I didn't hit any bad shots and I had a few chances, a few birdie chances out there, but I couldn't make it. But still toward the end I started to feel more comfortable with my putting."
Lewis was penalized when it was ruled that caddie Travis Wilson tested the sand before Lewis played out of a bunker on the par-4 16th. That turned a 66 into a 68 and doubled her deficit.
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Ai Miyazato took the LPGA Founders Cup lead on a hot afternoon in the desert, playing a late four-hole stretch in 5 under for a tournament-record 9-under 63.
Returning from a whiplash injury sustained in a five-vehicle crash after a tournament in Thailand last month, the Japanese star birdied the par-3 14th, holed a 20-foot eagle putt on the par-5 15th and added birdies on the par...
Stacy Lewis won the LPGA Founders Cup on Sunday to jump to No. 1 in the world, taking advantage of Ai Miyazato's collapse on the 16th hole.
A day after Lewis was penalized two strokes for her caddie's blunder on the short par 4, the American took a two-stroke lead with a birdie on the hole after Miyazato made a double bogey following an errant approach shot that left her...
PHOENIX (AP) -- Stacy Lewis won the LPGA Founders Cup on Sunday to jump to No. 1 in the world, taking advantage of Ai Miyazato's collapse on the 16th hole.
A day after Lewis was penalized two strokes for her caddie's blunder on the short par 4, the American took a two-stroke lead with a birdie on the hole after Miyazato made a double bogey following an errant approach shot...
Any momentum Stacy Lewis gained from a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Saturday was later erased by a rules infraction. Lewis was penalized two strokes under Rule 13-4 after her caddie, Travis Wilson, tested the surface of a fairway bunker on the 16th hole with his feet.
"More than anything, I just feel bad for him because he feels awful," Lewis said. "But he...
After the last putt dropped Sunday, Stacy Lewis turned and pointed a finger toward caddie Travis Wilson. "That's for you," she said while giving him a hug.
One day after Lewis and Wilson went under the microscope for a rules infraction on the 16th hole, they found vindication on the same par 4 with a pivotal three-shot swing against the silky smooth Ai Miyazato. Another...
By JOHN NICHOLSON
AP Sports Writer
PHOENIX -- Ai Miyazato took dead aim, made another long graceful swing and smacked a 3-wood approach that settled 20 feet from the pin to set up an eagle.
The diminutive Japanese star was as fluid and efficient as ever, making it impossible to tell she was returning from a whiplash injury sustained in a five-vehicle crash in Thailand.
PHOENIX -- Jee Young Lee birdied three of the last four holes to take a one-stroke lead over Ai Miyazato on another hot day at the LPGA Founders Cup.
Lee, the South Korean player who won the tour's 2005 South Korean event, had a bogey-free 8-under 64 on Friday to reach 15-under 129 and break the tournament 36-hole record. She played in the morning wave before the temperature...
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