As the only player to record a top-10 finish in all three of the LPGA majors so far this season, IMG Academy golf program alum Mika Miyazato is still perfecting her game. Finishing 5th at the recent U.S. Women's Open, Miyazato faced several roadblocks at The Broadmoor. After the rain delayed Mika's game on the 17th hole, she had to finish the 18th hole the next day.
"I just had to focus on my game. I knew that I can't control the weather, but I can control my mindset and skill," Mika explained.
It seems she did a fantastic job of controlling her game, shooting +1 overall. Mika also finished 7th at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, and 8th at the LPGA Championship. As amazing as this record may be, the decision to donate her winnings to the earthquake relief efforts in Japan is even more admirable.
"I had been looking for a charity to donate my winnings to," Miyazato shared. "It made sense to help my country."
Mika's generosity is matched by her tenacity. Her goals in the upcoming French and British Opens is to stay aggressive.
"I need to work on my patience," Mika admitted. "I have learned a great deal over the past few years, and I've realized that staying ahead is the best way to stay aggressive."
As far as her plans to perfect her game, Miyazato says, "I have to work on my short game. Which comes back to patience. Putting can be very frustrating. So, right now, that's my main focus."
With the help of IMG Academy Leadbetter golf program Golf instructor Larry Marshall, IMG Performance coach, Trevor Anderson, and Mental Conditioning coach Christian Smith, there is no doubt the Mika has the tools to reach her full potential as a professional.