Moromizato ends 25th, Miyazato 49th at ANZ Ladies Masters


Shinobu Moromizato carded a final-round 70 and edged into a tie for 25th place at the ANZ Ladies Masters on Sunday, while Japanese compatriot Ai Miyazato had a 72 for a disappointing 49th finish.

Moromizato finished at 4-under 284 at Royal Pines Resort and Miyazato at 1-over 289 as both ended the week without being in title contention in their first appearances in an individual tournament this year.

Overnight leader Amy Yang, a 16-year-old locally based South Korean amateur, won the tournament in a playoff against American Catherine Cartwright after they both shot 13-under 275s in the regulation 72 holes.

“I missed birdie putts from about 3 feet three or four times. That’s the difference between me and the top players,” said Moromizato, who turned pro last year and will start her rookie season on the U.S. LPGA Tour along with Miyazato in two weeks.

“I went 2-over after two days but somehow I was able to recover from there in the first two rounds. But I still need to work on many things in order to improve my game,” Moromizato said.

Moromizato made four birdies while dropping two shots, including a three-putt bogey on the 17th.

Miyazato, last year’s runnerup who entered the day in a tie for 51st, continued to struggle with her putting in a round that featured three birdies and as many bogeys.

“Last year, my putting was very good and it was not windy here. As for today, things didn’t go well but I was able to remain patient. So in a way, I’ve become more patient than a year ago,” Miyazato said.

Ayako Uehara, the other Japanese who made the cut, was tied for 54th place on 290 after a 72.