Outside The Ropes

Channelling a decisive edge vital for Miyazato


Ai Miyazato, 30 Japan Nine LPGA Tour wins

Q: What clubs are in your bag?

A: Bridgestone Golf JGR for everything except putter (Odyssey 2 Ball). I usually carry 10-12 Bridgestone Golf Tour B330X balls.

Q: Yardage?

• Driver: 250 yards

• 3-wood: 220

• 5-wood: 210

• 7-wood: 190

• Hybrid U4: 180

• U5: 170

• U6: 160 • 6-iron: 150

• 7-iron: 140

• 8-iron: 130

• 9-iron: 120

• Pitching wedge: 110

• 52 deg: 90

• 58 deg: 80

Q: Items that you always have in your bag?


  • WHEN: Till Sunday

    WHERE: Sentosa Golf Club,

    Serapong Course

    PRIZE MONEY: US$1.5 million (S$2.11 million)

    WHO: An elite 63-woman field with 18 of the world's top 20 golfers.


    67: Minjee Lee, Candie Kung

    68: Park In Bee, Mika Miyazato, Lee-Anne Pace, Suzann Pettersen

    69: Feng Shanshan, Mirim Lee, Lee Il Hee, Lee Mi Hyang, Ahn Sun Ju

    70: Brooke Henderson, Angela Stanford, Cristie Kerr, Na Yeon Choi

    71: Lydia Ko, Lexi Thompson, Stacy Lewis

    72: Paula Creamer, Karrie Webb

    75: Michelle Wie

    76: Koh Sock Hwee, Tseng Ya-ni

    SELECTED TEE-OFF TIMES: Tee 1 8.20am: Lydia Ko (Nzl), Amy Yang (Kor), Lexi Thompson

    8.32am: Morgan Pressel, Jessica Korda, Stacy Lewis

    8.56am: Brooke Henderson (Can), Park Hee Young (Kor)

    9.08am: Sandra Gal (Ger), Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford

    9.20am: Choi Na Yeon (Kor), Pornanong Phatlum (Tha)

    9.44am: Feng Shanshan (Chn)

    10.08am: Lee-Anne Pace (Rsa), Mika Miyazato (Jpn), Park In Bee (Kor)

    10.20am: Candie Kung, Minjee Lee (Aus), Suzann Pettersen (Nor)

    Tee 10 8.32am: Karrie Webb (Aus)

    8.44am: Paula Creamer

    9.32am: Michelle Wie

    9.44am: Tseng Ya-ni (Tpe)

    9.56am: Koh Sock Hwee (Sin), Ai Miyazato (Jpn)

    Note: USA unless stated

    TICKETS: Daily from $20, season pass is $60. On sale through Sistic. Price does not include entry to the island or booking fees. Free entry for those aged 16 and below. Take That concert tickets on Saturday sold separately, from $138.

    GETTING THERE: Free shuttle service between HarbourFront bus interchange and Sentosa Golf Club (public entrance) every 15 minutes, from 7am to 5.40pm.

A: My rain suit. Golf is unpredictable because of the weather. Some snacks like almonds and energy bars. I have one bottle of sunscreen, a stick one for my face, and a powder one. Finally, my seven-year-old niece's picture. It makes me happy when I see it and helps me get away from stress on the golf course. I think it's good to have something fun and that makes you happy.

Q: Greatest athlete in the world right now? A: I like to watch tennis, but I'm no big fan of (Novak) Djokovic. To me it's (Roger) Federer. He's a class act. He's very calm, very respectful, I like the way he plays, he doesn't throw his racket, is calm and shows confidence.

Q: Golfer you'd pay to watch? A: Tiger Woods. He's just really good, when he's playing golf it looks so easy, he makes it so simple, which is incredible. He's very committed and decisive, which is very hard in golf. I wanted to be like that.

Q: Most fashionable golfer? A: I have to say Paula (Creamer). She's always stylish, even outside of golf, when we go to proms and parties she's always dressed in a cute way.

Q: Worst outfit you've seen on a golf course? A: Maybe John Daly. His outfits suit him, they look nice on him, but I wouldn't wear that (style).

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2016, with the headline 'Channelling a decisive edge vital for Miyazato'. Print Edition | Subscribe