Lorena Ochoa LPGA Tour in Mexico this week for 2007 Corona Championship

The LPGA Tour heads to Mexico this week for the $1.3 million 2007 Corona Championship at Tres Marias Golf Club in Morelia April 26-29.

Last year's winner and world No. 1 women's golfer Lorena Ochoa will be going for her first-ever successful title defense. At the 2006 Corona Championship, Ochoa shot three straight rounds in the 60s, including a course-record 64 on Saturday, for a five stroke win over Julieta Granada.

"I have no way to compare this. For me, it's like a U.S. Open, being able to play in my country and win in front of my people," Ochoa said after the victory.

It was Ochoa's seventh career title. She has since won three times, was named 2006 Rolex Player of the Year and recently overtook Annika Sorenstam at No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings. Sorenstam had held the top spot since the rankings were introduced last year.

Sorenstam is off the LPGA Tour with a bulging disk in her back and ruptured disk in her neck for at least another three weeks, an opportunity for Ochoa to extend her lead over her - currently at 0.14 average points - with a strong finish in Mexico.

It is also a chance for Ochoa to achieve the first successful title defense on the LPGA Tour since Sorenstam won the MasterCard Classic Honoring Alejo Peralta in 2005 and 2006.

The field competing at Tres Marias Golf Club, a long course at 6,600 yards, includes 13 of last year's top 20-finishers, among them Stacy Prammanasudh and Meaghan Francella. Ten members of the 2007 LPGA rookie class will be playing for their first tour victory in Mexico.

April 25, 2007

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