Ai Miyazato Earns Tour Card (Big Money To Follow)

NYT: Ai Miyazato, known as Ai-chan earned her 2006 L.P.G.A. Tour card with a record 12-stroke victory over Libby Smith and Lee Ann Walker Cooper at the L.P.G.A.’s Qualifying School at the Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Florida.
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The L.P.G.A., enjoying an influx of young talent with global appeal, can now look at Miyazato as another potential star and as a future rival for Annika Sorenstam, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie and Pressel.
Miyazato is already a legend in Japan. She has several endorsements there, including one with Japan Airlines, and is a mainstay on television commercials.
“Ai-chan was already famous when she was a junior,” said Sonoko Funakoshi, a freelance golf journalist who works in the United States and covered Miyazato’s victory Sunday.
“Since Ai-chan, women’s golf in Japan is expanding and expanding. It’s bigger than men’s golf.”

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