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Miyazato earns fourth-place finish

CORNING, N.Y. (Kyodo) Rookie Mika Miyazato fell short of winning her first title on the U.S. LPGA Tour and settled for a career-best fourth-place finish at the LPGA Corning Classic on Sunday.

The 2006 junior world champion, no relation to Ai Miyazato, began the day tied for the lead but only managed a 2-under-par 70 to finish at 19-under 269, two shots behind winner Yani Tseng of Taiwan. Ai Miyazato was in a four-way tie for fifth at 17-under after a 68.

“It’s disappointing to miss out on the title, but I had a very good experience. Although I didn’t play well today, I shot 2-under. It’s a confidence boost,” Mika Miyazato said.

Momoko Ueda closed with a 67 to share 26th place, including Michelle Wie, at 13-under in the farewell edition of the event at Corning Country Club.