Tuesday, April 20

Reaction to Lorena Ochoa Retirement

LORENA OCHOA IS RETIRING from golf. The world No. 1 women’s player who snatched the top spot from Annika Sorenstam in 2007 and has held it for 157 weeks is just 28. Lorena has 27 LPGA Tour wins, including two majors. A press conference is scheduled for Friday during which Ochoa is expected to explain her reasons in more detail, which apparently center around her recent marriage and new family life.


Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam (via her blog): “I must admit that I was surprised, but not shocked, when I heard the news yesterday that Lorena is going to retire. She has always said she would play for maybe 10 years and then leave the game to start a family. She just got married and obviously feels that she is ready for that next chapter in her life.”

Hall of Famer and TV analyst Judy Rankin (via AP): “I’m just crushed. We won’t get to see her play golf. Mostly, we won’t get to see her.”

Hall of Famer Amy Alcott (via LA Times and Golf.com): “To lose one of its great stars and great entertainers, that’s difficult. She’s been a great role model for young girls, and that’s what I admire the most about Lorena.”

Me: “Sniffle, sniffle, sniffle.”

−The Armchair Golfer

(Image: Pablo Lancaster-Jones/Flickr)


Patricia Hannigan said...

Like you I'll really miss Lorena Ochoa in the field at LPGA events. The funny thing is, for me... and it seems, many others... the announcement of her impending retirement was surprising both in-and-of itself (we don't expect a young athlete at the top of his/her game to retire) and because it actually took the announcement of her retirement to make me realize just how much I like and admire her!

Lorena is such an ... I don't even know what word to use ... ethereal champion, that much as most of us love her we haven't talked about her that much. Maybe because she's famous without being infamous, and these days it's infamy that hogs all the headlines.

In any case she'll be much miss in LPGA golf but I'm quite certain she'll continue to contribute... in wonderful ways... to the sport.

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Yes! i also miss Lorena, She was a brilliant player.