Mika Miyazato aims to be “the Best in the World”

Mika Miyazato aims to be “the Best in the World”

In Mejiro, Tokyo, Mika Miyazato, who will have her fourth appearance in the U.S. Tour, set her 2012 resolution to become “the best in the world.”


January 6, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 5 at a press conference in Tokyo, female professional golfer Mika Miyazato announced her new contract with a sportswear manufacture DESCENTE and shared her New Year’s resolution for 2012. Miyazato stated that she would fly to the United States that evening for her fourth tilt at success on the U.S. Tour, and with a steely determination in her voice she stated that her New Year’s resolution was “to become the best in the world.”

She ranked in the top ten in three of golf’s four major championships last season, but only ranking 22nd on the money list, meaning that she did not achieve her goal of making the top ten, something which Miyazato describes as “a disappointing result.”

In the U.S. Women’s Open Championship in July she put in an impressive effort, coming fifth. “It gave me confidence and got me closer to my dream.” While she was the solo leader at one point, she missed out on her first victory of the tour. “I was very frustrated. It is difficult to express the feeling in words… The season ended so quickly after that.”

The issue is her short game near the green. Improvement in her putting and strengthening her lower body with the focus on the right leg are also key points. Including mental training, she has worked on various aspects of her game with a number of coaches.

She aims to put pressure on herself by setting the high goal of becoming “the best in the world” in all respects such as on the money list and the world’s players’ ranking list. She has been pushed to work even harder by the success of her rival since junior golf, the prize money queen of the U.S. Tour Yani Tseng from Taiwan, who was the MVP for two consecutive years.

During the year-end and New Year holidays, Miyazato spent time with old friends and had a break. At the press conference, having renewed the contract with the Munsingwear brand that she has had since childhood, she stated, “I want to win wearing my favorite orange color clothing.”

(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)

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