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Mika Miyazato earns first LPGA victory

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NORTH PLAINS, Ore. -- Japan's Mika Miyazato won the Safeway Classic on Sunday for her first victory on the LPGA Tour, finishing with a 2-under 70 to beat Brittany Lincicome and Inbee Park by two strokes.

The 22-year-old Miyazato finished at 13-under 203 in her wire-to-victory on Pumpkin Ridge's Ghost Creek Course. She shared the first-round lead and had a two-shot advantage after the second.

Lincicome shot 67, and Park had a 70.

Miyazato, in her fourth season on the LPGA Tour, is the sixth first-time winner this year. She broke through after a pair of second-place ties in June.

South Korea's Haeji Kang had a 66 -- the best round of the day, to tie for fourth at 10 under with Cristie Kerr (70) and So Yeon Ryu (71). Sydnee Michaels, the first-round co-leader, was four strokes back after a 70.

Michelle Wie had her first top-10 finish of the season, shooting a 69 to finish eighth at 8 under.

Top-ranked Yani Tseng faded with a 73 to finish at 6 under. Paula Creamer was 3 under after a 76.

Miyazato was cruising on the front nine, and took a three-stroke lead into the back nine. But a bogey at No. 10 -- her first in 40 holes -- helped bring four players within a stroke of the lead down the stretch.

No one was able to pull even with Miyazato, who gave herself some insurance with a 5-foot birdie putt at short par-4 17th for a two-stroke lead.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 20, 2012 C2

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