Lorena Ochoa conquered the Women's British Open field at St. Andrews.
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Lorena Ochoa won her first major title Sunday with a four-stroke victory at the Women's British Open — the first women's professional tournament played at venerable St. Andrews.You won't get any argument out of me if you say Lorena Ochoa is the best female golfer in the world at present. She got her first major championship today. More are sure to come.
The top-ranked Mexican shot a 1-over 74 in the final round at the home of golf. She finished with a 5-under 287 total, four strokes better than Jee Young Lee (71) and Maria Hjorth (71). Reilley Rankin (71) was another stroke back at par.
"For me this is the most special round of golf I ever played," Ochoa said. "Hopefully this is the first of many (majors) to come. It was my time."
Annika Sorenstam, who was tied for third going into the final round, finished tied for 16th at 4 over after a 76 that included a 7 at the 17th Road Hole.
Ochoa is the first player to win a first major title at St. Andrews since Tony Lema at the men's British Open in 1964.
Ochoa led the tournament from the ninth hole of the opening round, when she shot a 6-under 67. The only player to master the strong winds, she began the final round with a six-stroke lead and the only player under par.
Her only problem came at the 17th, where her second shot landed in one of the pot bunkers short of the green. The ball was near the steep front side of the trap and she had to pitch sideways into the rough, but she then played a superb short chip to the putting surface and escaped with a bogey 6. She went to the last hole four shots ahead and a par captured the title.
Lorena proved my British Open prediction on her wrong. My track record for golf predictions has stunk this year. Se Ri Pak at the Nabisco, Sergio Garcia at the Men's British Open to name just two other misses of mine. On the other hand, I did predict Natalie Gulbis to win for the first time this year.
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