Monday, June 23, 2008

News Flash: Golfweek Ranks Miyazato Ahead of Dunn!

It only took a few weeks for Ai Miyazato to pass Moira Dunn in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Ai-chan's 1st top 10 of the season this past weekend vaults her into 90th place (72.82), while Moira's T28 dropped her to 93rd (72.84).

As Ai-chan's post-HSBC slump will start dropping out of the GSPI's 52-week window and she replaces those terrible finishes with (hopefully much) better ones, look for her to rise rather quickly in that system. There are definite signs that she's getting her game back beyond the fact that she was in contention for the first 50-some holes of the Wegmans LPGA: 5 of her 7 sub-70 rounds have come in her last 4 events, and in 2 of the last 3 she didn't post a round above par. Yes, she missed the cut at the LPGA Championship, but bounced back from a terrible 1st day and made a confidence-building run at the cut line to close out her 2nd round.

So look for a good summer for Ai-chan! And if Moira does what most New Yorkers do and plays better in the summer months, she should earn her 2009 card. While she won't regain her lead on Ai-chan in the GSPI, perhaps Moira (#156) can stay ahead of Michelle Wie (#187) in the Rolex Rankings!

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