Ochoa finished at 16-under at Royal Mayfair Golf Club to defeat Paula Creamer by three strokes just two weeks after winning her first major at the historic Women's British Open at St. Andrews, the first professional women's tournament to be played on the fabled Old Course.
"It was just a great day today," Ochoa told the media after her round. "It wasn't easy. I didn't feel very comfortable in the morning. I wasn't in a rhythm on the front nine, and Paula made a couple birdies to narrow the difference. And then we made the turn, and then I started feeling strong."
Ochoa is the only player to win back-to-back titles this season and last. And with the Safeway Classic coming up next on the LPGA Tour schedule, the Mexican golfer is poised to win three in a row.
Ochoa has a stranglehold over the Rolex Player of the Year race with 279 points to Suzann Pettersen's 129. The golfers also hold the one and two positions on the LPGA Official Money List, with $2,636,590 and $1,128,963, respectively.
Creamer's second place finish earned her 30 points in the U.S. Solheim Cup team race. Creamer is now in first place with 726 points, having overtaken Cristie Kerr, who has 706 points.
Creamer had much of the fan support throughout the final round Sunday.
"The whole day, [the crowd] was really cheering me on," said Creamer, who has nine top 10 finishes this year. "Lorena, when she gets on a streak, she can really go. But it was great to be able to play on Sunday in contention. It feels good."
Pettersen finished tied for 10th, and Morgan Pressel came in tied for 13th place. Michelle Wie did not make the cut.
August 20, 2007
Anyone looking back at the final scores of the 2009 Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's will almost certainly come to the wrong conclusion that this was a comfortable three-shot win for Catriona Matthew. It was anything but as the seemingly imperturbable Scot struggled to hit a fairway throughout the final round and was only rescued by some superb recovery shots and a bunch of astonishing long putts.
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