PORTLAND (Oregon): Japan's Mika Miyazato claimed her first LPGA Tour title by winning the Safeway Classic on Sunday with a closing two-under 70 to beat Park In Bee and Brittany Lincicome by two shots.
The 22-year-old Mika finished at 13-under 203 for a 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.
"It was my dream to win and play on the LPGA Tour," Mika said. "It is very fulfilling for me to win along with those other famous players." Brittany shot a final round five-under 67, and In Bee had a two-under 70.
Mika, who earned US$225,000 (RM704,000) in first-place money, is in her fourth season on the LPGA Tour. She is the sixth first-time winner this year and finally broke through for the victory after two second-place finishes earlier this year.
"At the beginning of the season, my short game was no good. I try to work more on short game," Mika said. "My golf game is getting better. I have more confidence in my golf game."
South Korea's Kang Haeji shot the best round of the day with a 66. She tied 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 posted her first top-10 finish of 2012, shooting a 69 to finish alone in eighth place.
World No 1 Yani Tseng shot a disappointing final round of 73 to finish at six under. China's Feng Shanshan was three under after a 70.
Mika breezed through the front nine, and took a three-stroke lead into the back nine. But a bogey at No 10 allowed four players to pull within a shot of the lead. The bogey was Mika's first in 40 holes.
But no one was able to catch Mika. She gave herself more breathing room with a five-foot birdie putt at short par-four 17th for a two-stroke lead.
In Bee made five birdies in an eight-hole stretch. She missed a six-foot eagle putt on 17 that would have given her a share of the lead with Mika.
Brittany birdied the final two holes in her bogey-free round. AFP