It was a history making week for Lorena Ochoa and the Ricoh Women’s British Open. It was the first women’s professional golf tournament that was held at the home of golf, the Old Course at St. Andrews. This was also Lorena’s first major championship win with a 1 over 74 today and a 5 under par 287 (67-73-73-74) for the tournament.
The former University of Arizona standout became the first Mexican born player to win a major championship on the LPGA tour. Lorena now has 13 career victories, with four of those wins this season. She earned $320,512 for her win and this also put her over the $2 million dollar mark ($2,299,090) she has made thus far this season. It’s the second year in a row she has accomplished the feat, with only Annika Sorenstam having done that previously.
“It’s really hard to describe and I think it’s not going to be easy to realize what just happened, but I’m just really thankful. It’s been a blessing just the whole way, and a long way, too. I think it’s for a reason and I couldn’t be more happy. I love St. Andrews. I love to make history. It’s going to be there for the rest of my life and a very special week.��?
Ochoa started out the day at 6 under and had a six shot lead over Linda Wessberg. The gap widened when Ochoa made back to back birdies on the 5th and 6th hole to make it up to 8 under par. She bogeyed on 8 and fell to 7 under, but then birdied on 9 to end up at 8 under for the front nine.
The back nine was a different story. It was raining and with temps dropping, Lorena bogeyed on holes 11, 15, and 17. She still managed to get the win, thanks to three bogeys and a double bogey by Wessberg.
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