Lorena Ochoa

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  • Sport: Golf
  • Born:November 5, 1981,Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Residence:‎Guadalajara, Mexico

Biography

Mexico’s greatest golfer, she was world No.1 for 158 consecutive and total weeks, both US LPGA Tour records, from 23 April 2007 to her retirement in 2 May 2010, at the age of 28.

She also won two Major Championships in her career: the Kraft Nabisco / ANA Inspiration in 2008 and the British Women’s Open in 2007, at the Old Course in St Andrews, where she led from start to finish. She also won the next two LPGA events, the Canadian Open and the Safeway Classic to become the first woman to win three consecutive events since Annika Sörenstam in 2005.

Also in 2007, Ochoa became the first woman ever to earn more than $4 million in a single season, surpassing Sörenstam's previous record of $2,863,904.

She won 27 times on the LPGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017.

Lorena’s retirement in 2010 surprised everyone, but she said her career plan had always been to become No.1 player in the world and play professionally for ten years.

She made a return to competitive golf in 2012, having been invited to compete in the Lacoste Ladies French Open, but apart from that she has limited her appearances to her own event, the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, staged at Guadalajara Country Club, which raised funds for the Lorena Ochoa Foundation.

The mission of the foundation is to provide opportunity for children and adults with family-based health, fitness, education and inclusion programmess through golf activities.