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The world's best female golfer, Lorena Ochoa of Mexico, has exclusively revealed to CNN that a meeting with Tiger Woods in her youth inspired her to become the player she is today.

The pair first met at Tory Pines when both competing in the Junior World Championships, an event that Woods won a record six times and Ochoa has won five.

The two then met again 15 years later at the Golf Writer's Association of America Awards where both were named players of the year.

Ochoa, 27, told CNN's Living Golf program the meeting had a big impact on her: "You don't realize the importance of things until you're older and look back. I'm just glad it worked out the way it did for us.

"He was boy and I was a girl, we were both young and we didn't know what we were doing. I didn't see him for another 15 years, but I reminded him and showed him the pictures and he was like "wow"."
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