Ochoa's wins Sybase Classic

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

Lorena Ochoa extended her impressive run with a two-stroke victory in the Sybase Classic on Sunday.

Ochoa's wins Sybase Classic

New Rochelle: Lorena Ochoa extended her impressive run with a two-stroke victory in the Sybase Classic on Sunday, the sixth straight tournament in which she has either won or been the runner-up. The 24-year-old from Mexico closed a 5-under 66 with a 3-foot birdie putt to win the rain-shortened event and retake the U.S. LPGA Tour money lead which she lost last week. The tournament was shortened to 54 holes after heavy rain and a saturated course wiped out all play on Friday. Ochoa, who won the Takefuji Classic in April and has four seconds and a fourth this season, started the final round four strokes off the lead. The lead was hers for good when she made about a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-5 15th. She made par-saving putts on the next two holes and closed her fifth career win with the birdie on the par-5 just as rain began to fall. Hee-Won Han, the champion here in 2003, had a closing 69 and tied for second with rookie and fellow South Korean Kyeong Bae, who matched Ochoa's final-round 66. Allison Hanna, who had missed her last four cuts and five of eight this year, was leading the tournament until four-putting 15 and three-putting the par-3 16th for bogeys. The American finished three strokes off the lead after a 71. It was still well ahead of her best career finish, a tie for 22nd at the SBS Open in February. Annika Sorenstam, coming off her first missed cut since 2002, was two shots behind Hanna at 3 under before taking a triple-bogey on the par-4 9th. Sorenstam hit three shots with wedges which hit the elevated green and spun back down the hill, two almost landing in the same spot from which they were hit. The 7 dropped her to even for the tournament and women's golf's career money leader was never able to get back into contention. Sorenstam, a two-time winner of this event, finished with a 3-over 74 for a 213 total. Gloria Park, the 2002 Sybase champion, was the second-round leader at 4 under, but two bogeys and a double-bogey had her even at the turn. She also finished at even par after a 75. Ochoa won $195,000 from the purse of $1.3 million and that moved her back in front of Karrie Webb in the money race. Ochoa has won $1,114,888, while Webb, who took this week off after winning the Michelob Ultra Open last week, has won $935,202. Juli Inkster, who won here in 1992, had a 71 to finish at 1-under 212. Paula Creamer, defending a title for the first time and using a pink golf ball, closed with a 70 and was even for the tournament. The American teen won last year at 6 under. (AP)
Topics : Golf
Related Articles
Golfer Aditi Ashok Earns Partial LPGA Tour Membership
Golfer Aditi Ashok Earns Partial LPGA Tour Membership
Passport Lapse Costs Mukesh Kumar Lucrative Hong Kong Spot
Passport Lapse Costs Mukesh Kumar Lucrative Hong Kong Spot
Tiger Woods Good With Comeback But no Word on Next Event
Tiger Woods Good With Comeback But no Word on Next Event
Show Comments
Advertisement