• Kyodo


Ai Miyazato came up short in her bid to defend the LPGA Lotte Championship title on Saturday, finishing tied for sixth as overnight leader Suzann Pettersen beat Lizette Salas in a playoff for her first win of the season.

Miyazato started the day three shots adrift of Pettersen in third place, but she was unable to muster a final-round charge, carding an even-par 72 with four birdies and as many bogeys to wrap up the tournament at 11-under 277.

“My putts wouldn’t go down,” said Miyazato, who got off to a strong start with a birdie on her first hole, but was pegged back with bogeys at Nos. 4 and 8.

“I couldn’t continue making birdies after the first hole and that was the reason I could not get involved in the race for the title. Still, as last year’s winner, I think I was able to put up a fight and this week has given me confidence.”

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