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Lorena Ochoa wins 4th consecutive LPGA tournament

She defeated Yani Tseng by three shots.

REUNION, Fla. – Lorena Ochoa became the first LPGA Tour player in 45 years to win four tournaments in consecutive weeks.

Ochoa shot a 3-under 69 in the final round of the Ginn Open on Sunday and beat rookie Yani Tseng by three strokes for her fifth victory in six starts this year.

Ochoa trailed early in the final round, but went ahead for good with three straight birdies beginning at No. 8. She finished 19 under and became the second player to win four times in as many weeks.

Mickey Wright did it in 1962 and 1963. Kathy Whitworth (1969) and Annika Sorenstam (2001) also won four consecutive events, but both took a week off during their runs.

Sorenstam (2004-05) and Nancy Lopez (1978) hold the tour record with five straight victories in events entered, but neither of those came in consecutive weeks.

Lorena has an incredible streak going. She also won the HSBC in Singapore this year. Yani Tseng held up better versus Lorena than some of Super Mex’s other recent pursuers. When the golf came on the air this afternoon, Lorena was only up by one. A combination of missed makable putts and shots hung out to the right ended Yani Tseng’s challenge.

I predict Lorena will not win the Stanford Intl. You can take it to the bank, because Lorena is taking the week off. The streak will have to wait to May before Lorena either continues it or someone snaps it for her.

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