Ochoa in 2008
15 November 1981 |
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Spouse||Andrés Conesa Labastida
|College||University of Arizona
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 2003)|
|Former tour(s)||Futures Tour (joined 2002)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in LPGA major championships
|ANA Inspiration||Won: 2008|
|Women's PGA C'ship||T3: 2008|
|U.S. Women's Open||T2: 2007|
|Women's British Open||Won: 2007|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||2017 (member page)|
Rookie of the Year
Player of the Year
Rookie of the Year
Player of the Year
|2006, 2007, 2008, 2009|
|LPGA Vare Trophy||2006, 2007, 2008, 2009|
|2006, 2007, 2008|
|Heather Farr Player Award||2007|
|Bob Jones Award||2011|
|(For a full list of awards, see here)|
Lorena Ochoa Reyes (Spanish ; born 15 November 1981) is a Mexican professional golfer who played on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour from 2003 to 2010. She was the top-ranked female golfer in the world for 158 consecutive and total weeks (both are LPGA Tour records), from 23 April 2007 to her retirement in 2 May 2010, at the age of 28 years old. As the first Mexican golfer of either gender to be ranked number one in the world, she is considered the best Mexican golfer and the best Latin American female golfer of all time. Ochoa was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2017.
Born and raised in Guadalajara, Ochoa was the third of four children of a real estate developer and an artist. She took up golf at the age of five, won her first state event at the age of six, and her first national event at seven.
An 11-year-old Ochoa approached the professional Rafael Alarcon, 1979 winner of the Canadian Amateur Championship, as he worked on his game at Guadalajara Country Club, where her family lived near the 10th tee. She asked him if he would help her with her game. Alarcon asked her what her goal was, "She said she wanted to be the best player in the world."
As a junior, she captured 22 state events in Guadalajara and 44 national events in Mexico. She won five consecutive titles at the Junior World Golf Championships and in 2000 she enrolled at the University of Arizona in the U.S. on a golf scholarship, where she was a teammate of fellow freshman Natalie Gulbis. While a student in Tucson, Ochoa received regular tutoring and greatly improved her English by watching movies and reading magazines between practice and tournaments.
She was very successful in women's collegiate golf in the next two years, winning the NCAA Player of the Year Awards for 2001 and 2002, finishing runner-up at both the 2001 and 2002 NCAA National Championship and being named to the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) 2001 All-America First team. She won the 2001 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships, was named Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year 2001 and was All-Pac-10 First team in 2001 and 2002.
In her sophomore year she had eight tournament wins in ten events she entered and set an NCAA record with seven consecutive victories in her first seven events. She won the Golfstat Cup in both 2001 and 2002. The Cup is given to the player who has the best scoring average versus par with at least 20 full rounds played during a season. setting the single-season NCAA scoring average record as a freshman at 71.33 and beating her own record the next year by just over a stroke per round with a 70.13 average.
In November 2001, Ochoa was presented with Mexico's National Sports Award by Mexican President Vicente Fox. She was the youngest person and first golfer to receive Mexico's highest sporting accolade. In 2006, she was named NCAA Division I Women's Golf Most Outstanding Student Athlete, an award which was bestowed as part of the 25th Anniversary of Women's Championships celebration, taking into account outstanding performances over the past 25 years. She was the recipient of the 2003 Nancy Lopez Award, which is presented annually to the world's most outstanding female amateur golfer.
Nancy Lopez describes Ochoa off the golf course as:
"When you meet her for the second time and she remembers not only your name, but also the slightest detail from the last time you spoke."
Ochoa left college after her second year to turn professional, then won three of ten events played on the 2002 Futures Tour, and topped its money list to earn membership on the LPGA Tour for the 2003 season. She was also Duramed FUTURES Tour Player of the Year.
In her rookie season on the LPGA Tour in 2003, she had eight top-10 finishes, including runner-up finishes at the Wegmans Rochester and Michelob Light Open at Kingsmill, ending the season as the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year and ninth on the LPGA official money list. In 2004, she won her first two LPGA Tour titles: the Franklin American Mortgage Championship (where she became the first Mexican born player to win on the LPGA Tour) and the Wachovia LPGA Classic. That same year she placed in the top ten in three of the four major championships.
In 2005, Ochoa won the Wegmans Rochester LPGA. In 2006, her first round score of 62 in the Kraft Nabisco Championship tied the record for lowest score ever by a golfer, male or female, in any major tournament. Her playoff loss to Karrie Webb marked her best finish until 2007 in an LPGA major. By the end of the year she won six tournaments, topped the money list and claimed her first LPGA Tour Player of the Year award which goes to the player who gains the most number of points throughout the season based on a formula in which points are awarded for top-10 finishes and are doubled at the LPGA's four major championships and at the season-ending ADT Championship. She also won the LPGA Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average on the LPGA Tour.
In August 2007, Ochoa won her first major championship at the historic home of golf, the Old Course at St Andrews, with a wire-to-wire win by four shots at the Women's British Open. She won the next two LPGA events, the CN Canadian Women's Open and the Safeway Classic, the first to win three consecutive events since Sörenstam in 2005.
Also in 2007, Ochoa became the first woman ever to earn more than $4,000,000 in a single season, surpassing Sörenstam's previous record of $2,863,904.
In April 2008, Ochoa won her second major championship, this time at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, becoming the first golfer to win consecutive LPGA majors since Sörenstam in 2005. She celebrated this victory in the traditional fashion for the Kraft Nabisco by jumping into the pond on the 18th green. The following week, she won the Corona Championship in her home country by 11 strokes. This gave her the final tournament win she needed to qualify for the World Golf Hall of Fame, although she cannot be inducted until she completes ten seasons on the LPGA Tour.
On 20 April 2010, Ochoa released a statement indicating her intent to retire from professional golf. At a press conference held in Mexico City on 23 April 2010, Ochoa said her last tournament would be the 2010 Tres Marias Championship to be played from 29 April through 2 May. She said that her career plan had always been to play for "around ten years" and to be the number 1 ranked player in the world. She also said:
"I just want to be honest with all of you. I went to Asia, and after two or three days of being in Thailand, it was really easy to me - it was really clear to see that I didn't want to be out there, you know. I just was thinking of other things. I wanted to get home. I wanted to start working on the foundation. I wanted to be here close to my family."
Ochoa said she would still maintain her membership in the LPGA and would play in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational and "I'm going to leave the door open in case I want to come back in one or two years to play a U.S. Open or a Kraft Nabisco."
Ochoa made a limited return to competitive golf in 2012, having been invited by her sponsor, Lacoste, to compete in the Lacoste Ladies Open de France, an event on the Ladies European Tour. Ochoa finished the event in T22, 13 shots behind the winner Stacey Keating. Ochoa also announced she would compete in the 2012 edition of her own event, the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
In November 2008, she became the host of a new annual LPGA event, the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, held at her original home course, Guadalajara Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament help support the Lorena Ochoa Foundation.
Lorena Ochoa's successes fuel the family business, the Ochoa Group in Guadalajara, managed by her brother Alejandro Ochoa.
Lorena Ochoa is represented by the Ochoa Sports Management, along with Alarcon and Sophia Sheridan, a Mexican golfer who plays on the LPGA's developmental tour. The Ochoas are confident the list will expand as they attempt to grow the game in Mexico through Ochoa Golf Academies, created by Lorena, Alejandro and Alarcon.
The Lorena Ochoa Foundation operates La Barranca, a primary school in Guadalajara with 250 underprivileged students and an innovative curriculum. In 2008, the foundation opened a high school with 21 freshmen students. The plan, according to foundation director Carmen Bolio, is to add a new class each year and then construct a high school building that's separate from the primary school. She became engaged to her boyfriend Andrés Conesa Labastida, CEO of Aeroméxico, and they married in December 2009. In April 2011, Ochoa announced she was pregnant with the couple's first child. As of mid-2017, she has 3 children.
|LPGA Tour major championships (2)|
|Other LPGA Tour (25)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||16 May 2004||Franklin American Mortgage Championship||-16 (70-67-67-68=272)||1 stroke||Wendy Ward|
|2||29 Aug 2004||Wachovia LPGA Classic||-19 (67-68-69-65=269)||2 strokes||Grace Park|
|3||19 Jun 2005||Wegmans Rochester LPGA||-15 (67-69-72-65=273)||4 strokes||Paula Creamer|
|4||15 Apr 2006||LPGA Takefuji Classic||-19 (63-68-66=197)||3 strokes||Seon Hwa Lee|
|5||21 May 2006||Sybase Classic||-5 (71-71-66=208)||2 strokes|| Kyeong Bae
|6||27 Aug 2006||Wendy's Championship for Children||-24 (67-68-64-65=264)||3 strokes|| Jee Young Lee
|7||8 Oct 2006||Corona Morelia Championship||-20 (71-64-68-69=272)||5 strokes||Julieta Granada|
|8||15 Oct 2006||Samsung World Championship||-16 (67-73-67-65=272)||2 strokes||Annika Sörenstam|
|9||12 Nov 2006||The Mitchell Company Tournament of Champions||-21 (66-73-63-65=267)||10 strokes|| Paula Creamer
|10||25 Mar 2007||Safeway International||-18 (69-64-69-68=270)||2 strokes||Suzann Pettersen|
|11||20 May 2007||Sybase Classic||-18 (68-67-67-68=270)||3 strokes||Sarah Lee|
|12||24 Jun 2007||Wegmans LPGA||-8 (69-71-67-73=280)||Playoff||In-Kyung Kim|
|13||5 Aug 2007||Ricoh Women's British Open||-5 (67-73-73-74=287)||4 strokes|| Maria Hjorth
Jee Young Lee
|14||19 Aug 2007||CN Canadian Women's Open||-16 (70-65-64-69=268)||3 strokes||Paula Creamer|
|15||26 Aug 2007||Safeway Classic||-12 (67-66-71=204)||5 strokes|| Sophie Gustafson
|16||14 Oct 2007||Samsung World Championship||-18 (68-67-69-66=270)||4 strokes||Mi-Hyun Kim|
|17||18 Nov 2007||ADT Championship||-4 (70-70-66-68)||2 strokes||Natalie Gulbis|
|18||2 Mar 2008||HSBC Women's Champions||-20 (66-65-69-68=268)||11 strokes||Annika Sörenstam|
|19||30 Mar 2008||Safeway International||-22 (65-67-68-66=266)||7 strokes||Jee Young Lee|
|20||6 Apr 2008||Kraft Nabisco Championship||-11 (68-71-71-67=277)||5 strokes|| Suzann Pettersen
|21||13 Apr 2008||Corona Championship||-25 (66-66-66-69=267)||11 strokes||Song-Hee Kim|
|22||20 Apr 2008||Ginn Open||-18 (68-67-65-69=269)||3 strokes||Yani Tseng|
|23||18 May 2008||Sybase Classic||-10 (68-67-71=206)||1 stroke|| Na Yeon Choi
|24||28 Sep 2008||Navistar LPGA Classic||-15 (67-67-69-70=273)||Playoff|| Cristie Kerr
|25||1 Mar 2009||Honda LPGA Thailand||-14 (71-69-68-66=274)||3 strokes||Hee Young Park|
|26||26 Apr 2009||Corona Championship||-25 (65-65-69-68=267)||1 stroke||Suzann Pettersen|
|27||4 Oct 2009||Navistar LPGA Classic||-18 (66-68-66-70=270)||4 strokes|| Brittany Lang
LPGA Tour playoff record (2-5)
|1||2005||Safeway International||Annika Sörenstam||Lost with par on first extra hole|
|2||2006||SBS Open at Turtle Bay|| Joo Mi Kim
Soo Young Moon
|Kim won with birdie on second extra hole
Ochoa eliminated with birdie on first hole
|3||2006||Kraft Nabisco Championship||Karrie Webb||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|4||2007||Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika||Nicole Castrale||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|5||2007||Wegmans LPGA||In-Kyung Kim||Won with par on second extra hole|
|6||2007||Longs Drugs Challenge||Suzann Pettersen||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
|7||2008||Navistar LPGA Classic|| Cristie Kerr
|Won with par on second extra hole
Kerr eliminated with par on first hole
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||16 Jun 2002||JWA/Michelob Light FUTURES Charity Golf Classic||-9 (201)||4 strokes||Amy Dahle|
|2||30 Jun 2002||Ann Arbor FUTURES Classic||-8 (68-72-68=208)||1 stroke||Christina Kim|
|3||11 Aug 2002||Betty Puskar Futures Golf Classic||-9 (70-68-69=207)||2 strokes||Erika Wicoff|
Futures Tour playoff record (0-1)
|1||2002||Hewlett-Packard Garden State FUTURES Summer Classic||Christina Kim||Lost to birdie on sixth extra hole|
|2007||Ricoh Women's British Open||-5 (67-73-73-74=287)||4 strokes||Maria Hjorth, Jee Young Lee|
|2008||Kraft Nabisco Championship||-11 (68-71-71-67=277)||5 strokes||Suzann Pettersen, Annika Sörenstam|
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||DNP||T21LA||8 LA||3||T8||T35||2||T10||1||T12||4|
|U.S. Women's Open||CUT||DNP||WD||T13||T44||T6||T20||T2||T31||T26||DNP|
|Women's British Open||DNP||DNP||DNP||T24||4||CUT||T4||1||T7||T28||DNP|
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
LA = low amateur
"T" = tied
Green background for a win. Yellow background for a top-10 finish.
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||1||1||1||4||7||9||10||10|
|U.S. Women's Open||0||1||0||1||2||4||9||7|
|Women's British Open||1||0||0||3||4||5||7||6|
|20021||5||4||0||0||0||2||T5||19,080||n/a (142)||71.00||n/a (10)|
1The first three events of 2002 were played as an amateur; missed cut was an injury withdrawal (neck) prior to 2nd round of the 2002 U.S. Women's Open.
2Ochoa was not included in the final 2010 scoring average rankings; her final event was in early May.