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Birthdate: November 15, 1981
Nationality: Mexican
Turned Professional: 2002

Current Tour: LPGA


Background & Professional Career Bio:


Lorena Ochoa first picked up a golf club at the age of five and began winning events the following year. It was her good fortune to live next door to the Guadalajara Country club, and she took full advantage – winning 22 state events and 44 national events in Mexico. She attended the University of Arizona for two years, and despite winning the NCAA Player of the Year Awards for 2001 and 2002, she decided to leave to turn pro.

In 2003, she topped the money list and was Rookie of the Year. Ochoa won her first two LPGA titles in 2004, and placed in the top ten in three of the four LPGA majors. The 2006 Nabisco Classic allowed Ochoa to prove herself as a player of fortitude- holding off Karrie Webb through three rounds, only to lose in a playoff that marks her best finish to date in a LPGA major.




Professional Wins:

LPGA TOUR
· 2004 (2) Franklin American Mortage Championship, Wachovia LPGA Classic
· 2005 Wegmans Rochester LPGA
· 2006 (2) Takefuji Classic, Sybase Classic, Wendy's Championship for Children, Corona Championship, Samsung World Championship of Golf, The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions
. 2007 Safeway International, Sybase Classic, Wegmans LPGA, Women's British Open, CN Canadian Open, Safeway Classic, Samsung World Championship, ADT Championship
. 2008 HSBC Women's Champions, Safeway International, Kraft Nabisco Championship, Corona Championship, Ginn Open, Sybase Classic, Navistar LPGA Classic
. 2009 Honda LPGA Thailand



Majors:

. 2007 Women's British Open
. 2008 Kraft Nabisco Championship

Awards:

2001 National Sports Award of Mexico

2002 Futures Tour Rookie of the Year, Futures Tour Player of the Year

2003 LPGA Rookie of the Year

2006 Mexico National Sports Award, AP Female Athlete of the Year, Mexico Athlete of the Year, LPGA Rolex Player of the Year, LPGA Tour Money Winner, LPGA Vare Trophy, Golf Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year

2007 LPGA Rolex Player of the Year, LPGA Tour Money Winner, LPGA Vare Trophy, Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year, Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year, Mexico National Sports Award, Golf Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year, AP Female Athlete of the Year, EFE Sportswoman of the Year, Heather Farr Player Award‎

2008 Best International Athlete ESPY Award, LPGA Rolex Player of the Year, LPGA Tour Money Winner, LPGA Vare Trophy, Golf Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year





Earnings to date: $10,434,216
 

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