Monday, April 27

Another Corona for Lorena Ochoa

I DID NOT SEE A SINGLE SHOT. Nor did anyone else (except spectators), because the Corona Championship in Morelia, Mexico, was not televised. It’s evident to me that it was an incredible display of women’s professional golf.

Consider this: Suzann Pettersen recorded 21 birdies and two eagles. And Pettersen had just one bogey in 72 holes to finish at 24-under par. In second. Ouch.

Mexico native and women’s world No. 1 Lorena Ochoa bested Pettersen by a shot to successfully defend her title and notch her second win of the 2009 season. Ochoa now has 26 LPGA Tour victories.

Despite shooting 65, 65, 69 and 68 for a 25-under total of 267 (par was 73), Ochoa is not complacent when it comes to her golf game.

“I left a few strokes out there, but gave myself a lot of birdie opportunities,” said Ochoa, who I watched demo her PING golf clubs at the PGA Merchandise Show in January. “I will keep improving in the next tournaments. As I said before, I want to be number one for many more years.”

“Lorena Ochoa is just soooo good,” tweeted USA Today golf writer Steve DiMeglio. “If you get a chance, do whatever you can to go and see her play. It will be well worth the effort.”

If you want to see her soon, Lorena and all the ladies will be in Richmond, Virginia, next week to play the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill. And for those who will be nowhere near Richmond, you will be able to watch the women on TV.

Ochoa File

Turned pro: 2003
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Mexico
World ranking: 1
LPGA Tour wins: 26
Major wins: 2
Equipment: PING

−The Armchair Golfer

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William Neilson Jr. said...

Even if it was on TV, I wouldn't have seen a shot

I am just not interested whatsoever with the LPGA even during their majors

The Constructivist said...

Hey, AC, don't get ahead of yourself--we got to wait a week for the Michelob--not that AD will care!

TeeOff said...

It is sad that the LPGA can deliver their best players week in and week out and get no, or little, coverage while delivering a great product.

On the other side, it is big news for the PGA when the top ranked players play outside of a major, or invitational.

The Armchair Golfer said...

Thanks, The C, for catching my schedule error. Fixed it.

Charles Boyer said...

It's sad that the LPGA could not get any coverage whatsoever and that the weekend's best tournament duel went unnoticed.

As I wrote in a blog yesterday, why the LPGA doesn't have streaming video sourced from one of its network partners (surely the Mexicans or Koreans televised the tourney) is somewhat mystifying.