The Okinawa-born Miyazato, who is retiring at
the end of the season, cut short her participation in the pro-am
event to accompany her father to hospital but said she had
decided to play because he was in better condition than
"At this stage he is still undergoing various tests and will
remain in hospital," she added. "He is in an unfamiliar country
and for him to be in hospital will allow me to play with peace
Miyazato, a nine-time winner on the U.S. LPGA Tour, won her
first LPGA title at the 2009 Evian Masters in France.
She has never won a major, coming closest when tying for third
at the Women's PGA Championship (2006, 2010) and Women's British
Open (2009) but is hoping for one last shot at glory at this
week's event being played at Kingsbarns Golf Links.
"This is the home of golf and it will be fun working out how to
tackle the course and the winds," she added of the layout
located southeast of St Andrews.
"I have experienced many different courses and that has really
widened my technical range. I'm really excited and the result
just depends on me."
Miyazato, whose slow, simple swing makes her one of the cleanest
ball-strikers in women's golf, is making her 14th consecutive
appearance at the tournament.
(Writing by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by John
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