Miyazato Walmart NW Arkansas ladies champ

Monday, July 9, 2012
Walmart NW Arkansas Championship winner Ai Miyazato. Photo special to CCN.

ROGERS -- Rolex World Rankings No. 6 Ai Miyazato (68+68+65 = 201) won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G in a tightly contested battle on the final day at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. The win marked her second of the year and will earn her $300,000 to add to her career earnings, totaling $6,749,255.75.

The victory in Rogers is the second for Ai Miyazato this year as she won the LPGA LOTTE Championship in April. The win will move her to No. 3 in the Rolex World Rankings, three spots up from where she was prior to this week.

Crowd favorite and former Arkansas Razorback Stacy Lewis finished T-19 at 1 under but enjoyed a memorable week in Arkansas. "I love playing here. It doesn't matter what I shoot and they're cheering for me," Lewis said. "I think I tapped in for a bogey and everybody thought I would have made birdie. So it's a special week for me and it's a lot of fun."

Lewis is ranked No. 2 in the Rolex World Rankings, keeping her as the top ranked American woman golfer in the world. Both Miyazato and Lewis have won LPGA tournaments this season. One of Lewis' wins is considered a major.

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