Ochoa cruises to repeat win in Alabama|
Prattville, AL (Sports Network) - Lorena Ochoa closed with a two-under 70 on
Sunday to successfully defend her title at the Navistar LPGA Classic.
Ochoa finished four strokes clear of the field at 18-under-par 270 on The
Senator Course at Capitol Hill Golf Club.
"It's been not the easiest second part of year for me," admitted Ochoa, who
earned $195,000 for the win. "But the way I played the last few weeks and
winning today, it means a lot. I've been working hard, and I guess I'm proud,
because it's just a good feeling."
Michelle Wie closed with a six-under 66, the low round of the day, to grab a
share of second place at minus-14. She was joined by Solheim Cup teammate
Brittany Lang, who ended with a two-under 70.
Janice Moodie (71) and Yani Tseng (70) tied for fourth place at minus-13,
while Beth Bader (67) and Maria Hjorth (71) were one back at 12-under 276.
Alexis Thompson, the 14-year-old amateur, stumbled to her second straight two-
over 74 to fall into a share of 27th at six-under-par 282.
Ochoa struggled early in the round. She bogeyed the second, but erased that
mistake with a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 4. Ochoa stumbled to a double-bogey
on the par-five fifth after that first tee shot landed in an unplayable lie.
That dropped her into a share of the lead with Sandra Gal and last week's
winner Sophie Gustafson.
"Of course it was a shame, that driver that I missed," said Ochoa. "It was
early in the day. I just told myself to forget it. You have many holes to go
and just be patient. I'm proud that I did that and turned around and played
really good the back nine."
Ochoa parred her next two holes before making her fourth birdie in four
days on the par-five eighth. That gave her a one-shot lead, but as she parred
the next two holes Moodie joined Ochoa in the lead.
The Mexican birdied the 11th from 10 feet out to grab the lead for good. Ochoa
birdied the 14th to extend lead. She two-putted for birdie on the 17th to
stretch her lead to four and that's where it ended with a par on the 18th.
Wie tripped to a bogey on the second, but that was her last mistake. She
posted two birdies on the front nine, then five more around the turn in her
round of 66.
The score was made all the more impressive when Wie talked about her bad her
ankle was during the round.
"I sprained my ankle about a month and a half ago. I sprained it again on
Thursday, stepped in a hole," Wie explained. "Then I had a really bad lie on
10 and I just turned for the worst. But you know, it's was fine. It was just
hard walking a lot. I'm really proud of the way I grinded it out out there,
especially the back nine. There was a lot of points where I felt like I had to
stop and catch my breath and keep going."
Lang carded birdies on the seventh and 10th. After dropping a stroke on the
16th, she birdied the 17th to share second.
Gustafson was done in by a double-bogey on the par-four 14th. She closed with
a two-under 70 to share eighth place at 11-under-par 277 with Allison Fouch
(71) and Ji Young Oh (72).
Sandra Gal was one stroke further back at minus-10 after closing with a three-
over 75, that included a four-over 40 on the back nine. She finished alongside
Pat Hurst (71) and Vicky Hurst (67), no relation, Na Yeon Choi (69) and Hye
Jung Choi (70), also no relation, as well as Giulia Sergas (72).
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