Prattville – Overcast skies and a threat of rain in Prattville did not faze Lorena Ochoa in her quest for a second title and a $195,000 check at the $1.3 million Navistar LPGA Classic. There were four strokes separating the Navistar winner from her nearest competitors, Michelle Wie and Brittany Lang.
Ochoa stated that it was more difficult to get a good score today than yesterday.
“Obviously, in the morning the wind picked up. The tempo was slower and also the greens were a little harder. It was hard to get the right club selection and to get the right bounce.”
In the end, however, the wind was not a real deterrent for Ochoa. Her winning 18-under-par 270 beat her 2008 tournament record 15-under-par score by three strokes.
Ochoa’s 27th career LPGA win came despite an opening five holes that included a bogey on hole two, offset by a birdie on the par-4 fourth hole, followed by a double-bogey on the par-5, 517-yard fifth hole, after her initial tee shot ended up unplayable.
Tying their career-best performances, rookie Michelle Wie (66-70-72-66) and four-year Tour member Brittany Lang (68-68-68-70) tied for second at 14-under-par 274.
Lang’s tie for second not only meant a $101,453 paycheck, but also pushed her over the $2 million mark in career earnings.
Ochoa’s victory today was worth 30 points (total so far this year of 101) and she is now just five points behind the leader (and top rookie) Jiyai Shin who has 136 points. Four tournaments remain for players to earn Rolex Player of the Year points which are awarded to the top 10 finishers in each event and doubled at the LPGA’s four major championships.
Ochoa has a full schedule this next week, but is looking forward to relaxing in Mexico.
“On Tuesday I have a tournament for my foundation in Guadalajara, and Thursday I have a tournament in Monterrey for one of my sponsors,” she said. “And Saturday and Sunday another tournament for my sponsor.”
“The second week I’m going to rest for sure. Just to enjoy the win and be able to spend time with my fans and to be at home, and then back to work.”
Article by Melissa Parker
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