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Lorena Ochoa

Born: November 15, 1981 (age 29)
Guadalajara, Mexico
Height: 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) (1.69m)
Nationality: Mexico
Residence: Guadalajara, Jalisco
Turned professional: 2002
Current Tour: LPGA Tour (joined 2003)
Professional wins: 30

Best results in LPGA Major Championships
Kraft Nabisco C'ship Won: 2008
LPGA Championship T3: 2008
U.S. Women's Open T2: 2007
Women's British Open Won: 2007

History
Lorena Ochoa is a Mexican golfer who plays on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and is currently the number one ranked female golfer in the world. As the first Mexican golfer of either gender to be ranked number one in the world, she is considered the best Mexican golfer of all time.

Ochoa took up golf at the age of five. She won her first state event at the age of six and her first national event at seven. An 11-year-old Ochoa approached the professional Rafael Alarcon, 1979 winner of the Canadian Amateur Championship, as he worked on his game at Guadalajara Country Club, where her family lived near the 10th tee. She asked him if he would help her with her game. Alarcon asked her what her goal was, "She said she wanted to be the best player in the world."

As a junior, she captured 22 state events in Guadalajara and 44 national events in Mexico. She won five consecutive titles at the Junior World Golf Championships and in 2000 she enrolled at the University of Arizona in the United States on a golf scholarship. While a student, with regular tutoring she greatly improved her English by watching movies and reading magazines between practice and tournaments.

She was very successful in women's collegiate golf in the next two years, winning the NCAA Player of the Year Awards for 2001 and 2002, finishing runner-up at both the 2001 and 2002 NCAA National Championship and being named to the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) 2001 All-America First team. She won the 2001 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships, was named PAC-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year 2001 and was All Pac-10 First team in 2001 and 2002.

In her sophomore year she had eight tournament wins in ten events she entered and set an NCAA record with seven consecutive victories in her first seven events.She won the Golfstat Cup in both 2001 and 2002. The Cup is given to the player who has the best scoring average versus par with at least 20 full rounds played during a season. setting the single-season NCAA scoring average record as a freshman at 71.33 and beating her own record the next year by just over a stroke per round with a 70.13 average.

In November 2001, Ochoa was presented with Mexico's National Sports Award by Mexican President Vicente Fox. She was the youngest person and first golfer to receive Mexico's highest sporting accolade. In 2006 she was named NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Most Outstanding Student Athlete, an award which was bestowed as part of the 25th Anniversary of Women’s Championships celebration, taking into account outstanding performances over the past 25 years. She was the recipient of the 2003 Nancy Lopez Award which is presented annually to the world's most outstanding female amateur golfer.

Professional career
Ochoa left university after her sophomore year to turn professional. She won three of ten events played on the 2002 Futures Tour, and topped the money list to earn membership on the LPGA Tour for the 2003 season. She was also Duramed FUTURES Tour Player of the Year.
In her rookie season on the LPGA Tour she gained eight top-10 finishes including runner-up finishes at the Wegmans Rochester and Michelob Light Open at Kingsmill ending the season as the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year and ninth on the LPGA official money list.

In 2004 she won her first two LPGA Tour titles: the Franklin American Mortgage Championship (where she became the first Mexican born player to win on the LPGA Tour) and the Wachovia LPGA Classic. That same year she placed in the top ten in three of the four major championships.
In 2005, she won the Wegman's Rochester LPGA. In 2006, her first round score of 62 in the Kraft Nabisco Championship tied the record for lowest score ever by a golfer, male or female, in any major tournament.

Her playoff loss to Karrie Webb marked her best finish until 2007 in an LPGA major. By the end of the year she won six tournaments, topped the money list and claimed her first LPGA Tour Player of the Year award which goes to the player who gains the most number of points throughout the season based on a formula in which points are awarded for top-10 finishes and are doubled at the LPGA's four major championships and at the season-ending ADT Championship. She also won the LPGA Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.

Her achievements were recognized outside the sport of golf when Ochoa won the 2006 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year award and received the National Sports Prize for the second time.
In April 2007, Ochoa overtook Annika Sörenstam to become the world number one ranked golfer.

In August 2007, Ochoa won her first major championship at the historic home of golf, the Old Course at St. Andrews, with a wire-to-wire win by four shots at the Women's British Open. She won the next two LPGA events, the CN Canadian Women's Open and the Safeway Classic, the first to win three consecutive events since Annika Sörenstam in 2005.[24]
Also in 2007, Ochoa became the first woman ever to earn more than $4,000,000 in a single season, surpassing Annika Sörenstam's previous record of $2,863,904.

In April 2008, Ochoa won her second major championship, this time at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, becoming the first golfer to win consecutive LPGA majors since Sörenstam in 2005. She celebrated this victory in the traditional fashion for the Kraft Nabisco by jumping into the pond on the 18th green. The following week, she won the Corona Championship in her home country by 11 strokes. This gave her the final tournament win she needed to qualify for the World Golf Hall of Fame, although she cannot be inducted until 2012, after she completes ten seasons on the LPGA Tour.

Ochoa is coached by Rafael Alarcon, a Mexican professional. Alarcon finished second in the 1976 Canadian Amateur Championship, won that title in 1979, then turned professional.

Futures Tour (3)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
116 Jun 2002JWA/Michelob Light FUTURES Charity Golf Classic-9 (201)4 strokesAmy Dahle
230 Jun 2002Ann Arbor FUTURES Classic-8 (68-72-68=208)1 stroke [32 ]Christina Kim
311 Aug 2002Betty Puskar Futures Golf Classic-9 (70-68-69=207)2 strokes [33 ]Erika Wicoff

LPGA Tour (27)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
116 May 2004Franklin American Mortgage Championship-16 (70-67-67-68=272)1 strokeWendy Ward
229 Aug 2004Wachovia LPGA Classic-19 (67-68-69-65=269)2 strokesGrace Park
319 Jun 2005Wegmans Rochester LPGA-15 (67-69-72-65=273)4 strokesPaula Creamer
415 Apr 2006LPGA Takefuji Classic-19 (63-68-66=197)3 strokesSeon Hwa Lee
521 May 2006Sybase Classic-5 (71-71-66=208)2 strokesHee-Won Han Kyeong Bae
627 Aug 2006Wendy's Championship for Children-24 (67-68-64-65=264)3 strokesStacy Prammanasudh Jee Young Lee
78 Oct 2006Corona Morelia Championship-20 (71-64-68-69=272)5 strokesJulieta Granada
815 Oct 2006Samsung World Championship-16 (67-73-67-65=272)2 strokesAnnika Sorenstam
912 Nov 2006The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions-21 (66-73-63-65=267)10 strokesJuli Inkster Paula Creamer
1025 Mar 2007Safeway International-18 (69-64-69-68=270)2 strokesSuzann Pettersen
1120 May 2007Sybase Classic-18 (68-67-67-68=270)3 strokesSarah Lee
1224 Jun 2007Wegmans LPGA-8 (69-71-67-73=280)PlayoffIn-Kyung Kim
135 Aug 2007Ricoh Women's British Open-5 (67-73-73-74=287)4 strokesJee Young Lee Maria Hjorth
1419 Aug 2007CN Canadian Women's Open-16 (70-65-64-69=268)3 strokesPaula Creamer
1526 Aug 2007Safeway Classic-12 (67-66-71=204)5 strokesInbee Park Christina Kim Sophie Gustafson Mhairi McKay
1614 Oct 2007Samsung World Championship-18 (68-67-69-66=270)4 strokesMi Hyun Kim
1718 Nov 2007ADT Championship-4 (70-70-66- 68)2 strokesNatalie Gulbis
182 Mar 2008HSBC Women's Champions-20 (66-65-69-68=268)11 strokesAnnika Sorenstam
1930 Mar 2008Safeway International-22 (65-67-68-66=266)7 strokesJee Young Lee
206 Apr 2008Kraft Nabisco Championship-11 (68-71-71-67=277)5 strokesAnnika Sorenstam Suzann Pettersen
2113 Apr 2008Corona Championship-25 (66-66-66-69=267)11 strokesSong-Hee Kim
2220 Apr 2008Ginn Open-18 (68-67-65-69=269)3 strokesYani Tseng
2318 May 2008Sybase Classic-10 (68-67-71=206)1 strokeMorgan Pressel Na Yeon Choi Catriona Matthew Sophie Gustafson Brittany Lang
2428 Sep 2008Navistar LPGA Classic-15 (67-67-69-70=273)PlayoffCandie Kung Cristie Kerr
251 Mar 2009Honda LPGA Thailand-14 (71-69-68-66=274)3 strokesHee Young Park
2626 Apr 2009Corona Championship-25 (65-65-69-68=267)1 strokeSuzann Pettersen
274 Oct 2009Navistar LPGA Classic-18 (66-68-66-70=270)4 strokesBrittany Lang Michelle Wie

Major championships Wins (2)
YearChampionshipWinning ScoreMarginRunner(s)-up
2007Ricoh Women's British Open-5 (67-73-73-74=287)4 strokesMaria Hjorth, Jee Young Lee
2008Kraft Nabisco Championship-11 (68-71-71-67=277)5 strokesSuzann Pettersen, Annika Sörenstam

LPGA Tour career summary
YearEvents playedCuts madeWins2nd3rdTop 10sBest finishEarnings ($)Rank ($)Scoring averageScoring rank
2003242302382823,740970.97
200427272151811,450,824370.023
200523201401011,201,786471.399
200625256622012,592,872169.241
200725258522114,364,994169.681
200822227021712,763,193169.701
200922223401311,489,395470.161
20105500024176,5271771.6019

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