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Ai Miyazato jumps to fifth in women's golf

April 23, 2012 at 9:42 AM   |   Comments

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 23 (UPI) -- Ai Miyazato posted her first LPGA victory of the year and moved up three spots to No. 5 in the world women's golf rankings.

Miyazato was a four-stroke winner at the LPGA Lotte Championship in Hawaii over the weekend. It was her eighth LPGA title overall and second since 2010 when she piled up five championships and was ranked No. 1.

Jiyai Shin, who tied for seventh at the LPGA Lotte, improves one spot to sixth. Those changes push Kim In-kyung down two spots to seventh and Ahn Sun-ju from sixth to eighth.

Yani Tseng is No. 1 for a 60th consecutive week, tying Annika Sorenstam, who held the top spot for the first 60 weeks the women's golf rankings were calculated. Only Lorena Ochoa (158 weeks, all consecutive) has been No. 1 longer.

Tseng has a rankings point average of 17.80, more than double that of No. 2-ranked Choi Na-yeon (8.63). Suzann Pettersen is third at 7.73 while Cristie Kerr is at 7.52, which is fifth. Miyazato's average is 7.43.

Shin has an average of 6.51, just better than Kim (6.48) and Ahn (6.37). Stacy Lewis (6.11) is again in the No. 9 spot and Paula Creamer, with an average of 5.97, completes the Top 10.

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