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Golf Australia Express : Issue 10
LORENA OCHOA is a golfing freak. In 2003, this exceptional talent blasted onto the Tour scene as a 21-year-old, securing eight Top10s, 9th place on the LPGA money list and LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year. Many expected big things of the 168cm Mexican, but none more so than herself. At 11 she told her coach, Rafael Alarcon, she wanted to be the best player in the world. She achieved that in 2007 and remained there until her retirement in 2010. Many consider Ochoa one of golf’s all-time best. And it’s easy to see why. Named LPGA Tour Rolex Player of the Year for four consecutive years (2006- 2009), she had 24 wins and two majors: the 2007 Women’s British Open and the 2008 Kraft Nabisco Championship. She topped the money list between ’06 and’08. In ’07 Ochoa was the first woman to earn more than US$4 million in a single season and she began the following with six wins in the first nine events. In all, Ochoa won 27 times and amassed career earnings of more than US$14 million. She competed in 173 LPGA events, recording 63 top three finishes and 109 top 10 finishes. Ochoa retired from competition in May 2010. And she’s still not even 30. Extraordinary. LIST THE LORENA OCHOA Born 15 November, 1981