Japanese professional golfer Ai Miyazato who competes for the US based LPGA Tour and LPGA Tour for Japan, is ready to bid farewell to professional golf after this week’s Evian Championship in France.
On an interview with the ladieseuropeantour.com, Miyazato expressed, “I’ve been playing good since last year, I feel good with my game, and like I said, I’m ready for this week, too. This is definitely one of my favorite tournaments all year-round, and specifically this week it’s going to be my last event.”
The 32 year old golfer announced her retirement in the beginning of this year making the 2017’s major final will also be the last term of her professional tournament.
Miyazato has 25 professional wins attached to her name including 9 LPGA Tour. But the golfer is still not sure about her future.
“It’s still up in the air”, the golfer continued, “I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m actually not making a decision on purpose because the first — like I said, I want to focus on every tournament, and I want to play well every tournament — well, it’s going to be the last tournament this week, but even this week, I still want to play well. Until the last moment, I still want to focus on my game and I want to enjoy every single moment. Because of that, I haven’t made any decision, but now I have time to think about it.”
Apart from having a wonderful professional career, Miyazato is no less appreciated by her fellow sports persons. One of the world’s top female golfers, Lexi Thompson is full of praise for Miyazato.
“She’s the nicest person in the world.” Thompson said
“The Tour is definitely going to miss her. I’ve played a lot of golf with her, and she’s not only a great player, obviously, what she’s done for the game, but just her whole attitude and demeanor, she’s so nice so every single person, always has a smile on her face” Thompson continued.
Another of Miyazato’s fellow Asian star So-Yeon Ryu who also considers Miyazato as her golfing idol expressed,
“When I first time heard she was going to retire was when I played the Volvik Championship in Michigan. That was after my first round, and when I heard it, I just nearly cried. I just really had to hold that up. When I was young, Ai was one of my idols, and I still remember ,I met Ai my first time in my life in 2009 when I played the Japan against Korea tournament in Okinawa.”
Miyazato was the top ranked golfer in the Women’s World Golf Rankings on three occasions. We wish her all the very best for the future!