LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year, with eight
top 10s, including two seconds.
Won her first event, the Franklin American
Mortgage Championship, becoming the
first Mexican-born player to win an LPGA
Tour tournament. Had 18 top 10s and made
the cut in all 27 events she entered.
Won the Wegman’s Rochester LPGA and
began her streak of making the cut in 101
Won six events and added six second- and
top 10 in 20 of 25 events. Won the money
title ($2,592,872) and the scoring title
(69.24). Shot a 62 at the Kraft Nabisco
Championship, the lowest round ever in
a men's or women's major, but lost the
event in a playoff.
Won seven events and added two third-place
finishes. Finished in the top 10 in 17 of 22
events. Won the money title ($2,763,193)
and the scoring title (69.70). Won her second
major, the Kraft Nabisco. Became one of four
players to win four consecutive scheduled
events: Safeway International, Kraft Nabisco,
Corona Championship and Ginn Open.
Won three events and added four second-
place finishes. Finished in the top 10 in 13
of 22 events. Won the scoring title (70.16).
Finished fourth at the Kraft Nabisco.
Nov. 15, 1981, in Guadalajara, Mexico
LPGA TOUR VICTORIES
FUTURES TOUR VICTORIES
2 (2007 Women’s Brit-
ish Open, 2008 Kraft Nabisco Championship)
Ochoa would have been eligible to enter
the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012 if she
remained active because she already has
qualified via the points system (2008). At 26
years, 4 months, she was the second-young-
est to qualify behind Karrie Webb ( 25 years,
7 months). If she remains inactive she will
probably be voted into the Hall by the veterans
Ochoa has been ranked as the No. 1 player
in the Rolex Women’s Golf Rankings since
April 23, 2007 (157 weeks). She and Annika
Sorenstam are the only women to have held
the top spot in the Rolex Women’s Golf Rank-
ings since the rankings introduced in 2006.
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
NCAA Player of the Year 2001 and 2002; runner-up
at 2001 and 2002 NCAA National Championship.
Turned pro after her sophomore year, winning
three Duramed Futures Tour events to top the
money list and earn LPGA rights.
OCHOA OFF THE COURSE
Has climbed two mountains, including Mt.
Iztaccihuatl ( 17,324 feet).
Has competed in two triathlons and two eco-
thons (mountain biking, trekking, swimming,
kayaking and rappelling).
“For nearly a decade, including when she first played as a professional
on the LPGA’s Developmental Tour, Lorena has represented the very
best of the LPGA, both on and off the course. She did more than regularly
win golf tournaments; she fully embraced her role as global ambassador
for the sport, raising its stature not only in her beloved home country
but around the world. Lorena has championed education for children
and raised standards of support for her sponsors.”
“I understand completely what she is going
through because I have just gone through this
myself. Though I was older than Lorena, it
is still hard to play and play at the level you
demand of yourself when your heart and mind
are somewhere else. While the LPGA will
certainly miss her great play, warm demeanor
and smile, I am personally very happy for her.”
TOP 5 LPGA CAREER EARNINGS
( THROUGH APRIL 7, 2010)
1 Annika Sorenstam
2 Karrie Webb
4 Juli Inkster
5 Cristie Kerr
HIGHEST EARNINGS IN A SINGLE SEASON
2007 Lorena Ochoa $4,364,994
2002 Annika Sorenstam $2,863,904
2008 Lorena Ochoa $2,763,193
2006 Lorena Ochoa $2,592,872
2005 Annika Sorenstam $2,588,240
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