Miyazato looks to emulate Ochoa after retirement

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Japanese superstar Ai Miyazato is going to take a leaf from fellow former World No 1 Lorena Ochoa’s book as she looks ahead to her retirement from the LPGA Tour.

“What Lorena’s doing right now is still inspiring. She’s done so many things for the LPGA and for her country too. I can’t be like her because Japan is a little different, but I want to do something similar,” said Miyazato prior to the start of the Evian Championship in France.

Miyazato had announced her impending retirement in May and the Evian Championship will be her last event. She won the tournament in 2009 for her first LPGA title and triumphed again in 2011, with both wins coming before the tournament’s elevation to Major status. In an illustrious career, Miyazato raked up 25 professional wins including 11 LPGA titles.

Asked what she would miss most about being on tour, the 32-year-old replied: “Well, all my friends, that’s for sure! You know, this is like part of a big family because we all are traveling together the last 10 years.

“You know, playing such good golf courses will be missed so much too. To have played all those good golf courses around the world, that has been a joy as a professional golfer.”

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