Ai Miyazato stands her ground in tough weather conditions at Founders Cup
Ai Miyazato played amazingly well in the final round of the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, as she finished tied for the second place at the famous venue of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge’s Wildfire Golf Club, Phoenix.
Miyazato, who belongs to Japan, was more than thrilled on Sunday. She appeared to be calm and composed even after a change in the weather at Phoenix.
The Japanese star fired an impressive 69, making sure she was in a stronger position than most of her rivals.
The third round was the most important for her, as the course saw a sudden change in the weather.
While most of the players were struggling to stand their ground due to strong winds whipping through the Wildfire Golf Club, Miyazato appeared to be enjoying her game.
Her third round score, which was a massive 6-under 66, amazed her competitors and the spectators on the course, as she faced players like the current world number one Yani Tseng and the defending champion Karrie Webb.
According to the details, the weather conditions on Saturday abruptly changed from warm to cold, making it difficult for players to stay focused.
However, Miyazato was determined not to surrender to her nerve, which helped her produce a decent score in the third round.
Miyazato currently ranks ninth and is regarded as the best female LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) player of Japan.
Speaking to the media after the end of the third round, the Jap said she was pretty happy that she remained composed in the unfavourable weather conditions.
She attributed her good form to her practice that she has been doing at her hometown.
Hailing from Okinawa, Miyazato has been around for years and has recorded impressive finishes in local golf.
Miyazato said that she is used playing in rough weather conditions due largely to vigorous training.
"Okinawa is a really windy place, so if it's getting windy, it makes me think about my hometown," she said. "That's why I think in the wind, it's really comfortable for me".
She said that recording a 6-under 66 seemed like a big score, as most of the other players struggled on most of the holes. "I shot six under but it feels like I shot 10 under, that's how difficult it can be," Miyazato said.