Putting to rest any questions about her ability to win a major championship, World No. 1 women's golfer Lorena Ochoa won the Women's British Open Sunday.
Ochoa closed with a 1-over-par 74 for a final 5-under 278 at the historic event, the first professional women's golf tournament to be held at the Old Course at St. Andrews.
"It's a long way, 24 majors, and finally I have this [trophy] here, and I think it's for a reason and I couldn't be more happy," she told the media. "I believed I would win this tournament Monday, when I started practicing. I love St. Andrews. I love to make history."
The victory makes Ochoa the first Mexican born player to win a major championship on the LPGA Tour. The 25-year-old now holds 13 career titles, including four wins this season.
Earning a $320,512 paycheck, Ochoa surpassed $2 million in season earnings for the second consecutive year, a feat only accomplished previously by Annika Sorenstam.
Ochoa started her round Sunday at 6-under, holding a six-shot lead over Swede Linda Wessberg. Ochoa widened that gap even more with back-to-back birdies on holes five and six to get to 8-under. She fell to 7-under with a bogey on the eighth hole, but rebounded with a birdie on the ninth.
Ochoa bogeyed three holes on the back nine, but she was too far ahead for anyone to catch her. Wessberg had three bogeys and a double bogey coming down the stretch to finish with a 75 and a tie for seventh, her best finish on the LPGA Tour.
Mario Hjorth and South Korean Jee Young Lee tied for second. Annika Sorenstam finished tied for 16th, while Michelle Wie didn't make the cut.
August 6, 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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