World number one Miyazato achieves Japanese first

Last Updated: Jun 22, 2010, 19:21 PM IST

Pebble Beach: Ai Miyazato has become Japan`s first world number one golfer after taking over at the top of the women`s game.

She replaced South Korea`s Jiyai Shin after winning her fourth LPGA Tour title in New Jersey at the weekend.

"When I started playing in the States that`s when I really started thinking about being number one," Miyazato told a website.

"That became a dream of mine, especially watching (Swede) Annika (Sorenstam) and (Mexican) Lorena (Ochoa) play, and now I am number one I still can`t believe it."

Miyazato, who turned 25 on Saturday, has also won in Thailand, Singapore and Mexico this year after claiming her maiden LPGA win in France in 2009.

Bureau Report