Lorena Ochoa Lorena Ochoa earns third straight LPGA Tour title at Safeway Classic

World No. 1 Lorena Ochoa earned her third consecutive LPGA Tour title Sunday with a command five-stroke victory at the Safeway Classic.

The $255,000 winner's check moves the Mexican golfer to fifth in the LPGA Official Career Earnings List. The win also makes her only the second player, next to Annika Sorenstam, to win three consecutive events on the LPGA Tour in the last 25 years.

"I'm really happy with my three wins," Ochoa told the media. "The three of them are very special in different ways. And for sure this is a place that I will always remember. I just love the golf course, and it was my third win, so it was a special one."

Ochoa's Safeway Classic victory follows wins at the Canadian Women's Open and Women's British Open at St. Andrews. Winning three in a row, last done by Sorenstam in 2005, solidifies Ochoa's place among the best to ever play the game.

"I think it's hard to realize right now, you know, but every week I play, I play to win, that's why I'm here. And I knew I could do it," the 25-year-old golfer told reporters.

In-Bee Park, Christina Kim, Sophie Gustafson and Mhairi McKay finished tied for second. Gustafson earned her best finish of the season, but was nevertheless unhappy about her play, especially down the stretch, where she made bogies on holes 14 and 16 and a double-bogey on No. 17.

"I'm disappointed. That sums it up," Gustafson told the media.

Ochoa will not pursue four consecutive LPGA Tour titles. She's returning to Mexico next week for her brother's wedding and will not play again until the Navistar LPGA in late September.

August 28, 2007

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