Ochoa fires 66 to win in Thailand|
Chonburi, Thailand (Sports Network) - Women's World No. 1 Lorena Ochoa fired a
six-under 66 Sunday to come from behind and win the Honda LPGA Thailand by
Ochoa rallied from three back to win her 25th LPGA Tour title. She finished
the event at 14-under-par 274.
"It has been a great week. It will be a good memory for me," said Ochoa, who
earned $217,500 for the win. "My goal was to win the tournament. Here I am
with the trophy and I am very pleased. I played especially well."
Hee Young Park posted the second-best round of the day with her seven-under
65. That moved her into second place at minus-11.
Third-round leader Paula Creamer struggled for most of her round before a pair
of late birdies left her alone in third place. She closed with a one-over 73
to finish at 10-under-par 278 on the Plantation Course at Siam Country Club.
Creamer's lead started to disappear almost immediately. She tripped to a bogey
on the second and another on the third.
Ochoa grabbed a piece of the lead with a birdie on No. 5. She followed with
a birdie on six to take a two-shot lead.
Creamer parred nine in a row from the fourth and fell further back with a
bogey on the 13th.
Ochoa pushed her lead to three shots with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-
three eighth. Around the turn, she didn't let up.
The 27-year-old birdied both par-fives, Nos. 11 and 13, to extend her lead to
five strokes. She tripped to a bogey on 16, but recovered the lost stroke with
a five-foot birdie putt on the 17th. Ochoa parred the last to earn the win.
"I think it is a good idea to wait a few months for my first tournament," said
Ochoa, who made her season debut here. "I just tried my best. It gave me
motivation to win first tournament. Hopefully, I will win more tournaments."
Creamer picked up her first birdie of the day at the 15th. She also birdied 18
to end alone in third.
"I just didn't play well today," Creamer admitted. "It was one of those days.
I started off on the wrong foot. I never hit it well. I never gave myself any
chances and when I did, I couldn't make any birdies."
Park dropped in back-to-back birdie efforts from the second. Her eagle on the
short par-four fifth jumped her to within one of the lead at minus-eight.
After a pair of pars, Park birdied the eighth, but was now two behind Ochoa.
Park parred six straight from the ninth. She moved back within three thanks
to birdies on 15 and 16, but it wasn't enough to give Park her first tour win.
"I was sick on the first day. I had to go to the hospital and get an IV in
me," Park stated. "But, I felt better day after day. Normally, I travel with
my friends, but this week my family came to watch me play. It was a big
support for me and that was one of the reasons for me to go low under par."
Stacy Prammanasudh closed with the low round of the week, a nine-under 63.
That gave her a share of fourth at seven-under-par 281. She was joined there
by Brittany Lang (73). Mika Miyazato (70) was one stroke back at minus-six.
03/01 08:02:48 ET