KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, SAUDI ARABIA | An American caddie by the name of David Johnson pointed out an improbable scenario on the range. Namely, that his player and the newcomer practising to his immediate right prior to this week's Saudi International each have a famous golfing sister.
Yusaku Miyazato, Johnson’s employer, is the older brother of Ai Miyazato, the former LPGA player and past world No. 1 who retired in 2017 and recently married her manager, Takumi Zaoya. As for Min Woo Lee, who turned professional earlier this month, he is the younger brother of Minjee Lee, currently the world’s sixth-ranked woman.
It turned out that neither player minded giving best to his golfing sister. “I feel so proud of what Ai achieved and so’s the entire family,” said Yusaku, who at 38 is five years the older and shares the same birthday – June 19.
Moving on to the 20-year-old Min Woo, the Australian-reared South Korean declared, “I just love every aspect of the way my sister plays. And it’s no surprise to me at all that she’s so highly ranked.”
Yusaku, when he sat down at the end of his practice session, talked a lot about his sibling’s mental game. “I never,” he began, “played with Ai a whole lot when we were growing up, but six years ago we went together to study mind control with Vision54. I kept the visits up for three years but Ai did not need the same level of help as I did. Her secret was that she didn’t think about golf. She was always thinking about happy thing...
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