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Lorena Ochoa wins Honda LPGA Thailand

The number one woman player in the world didn’t take long to win a LPGA tournament in 2009. From AP-

A few minutes after finishing off her 25th LPGA Tour victory, Lorena Ochoa was asked if she thinks she’s mentally tougher than her rivals.

“Yes,” Ochoa said.

She’s simply better than everybody else, too.

That was obvious again Sunday when she rallied to win the Honda LPGA Thailand.

Three strokes behind playing partner Paula Creamer at the start of the round, Ochoa shot a 6-under 66 for a three-stroke victory.


Ochoa finished at 14-under 274 — shooting 71-69-68 the first three days — on the Siam Country Club’s Plantation Course, and earned $217,500 for her second straight season-opening victory. Last year, she opened with a victory in Singapore in the HSBC Women’s Champions and went on to win five of her first six events.


South Korea’s Hee Young Park shot a 65 to finish a career-high second. The third-ranked Creamer had a 73, leaving her four strokes back at 10 under.

I was surprised by Creamer’s poor Sunday finish. She opened the final round with a three-shot lead.

Two LPGA events this year, and both have seen a golfer of Korean heritage finish second.(Michelle Wie was second in Hawaii) If they start winning, will the Asians are ruining the tour talk return?

Thai-American Stacy Prammanasudh’s strong finish will help her efforts to qualify for the 2009 US Solheim team.

Lorena Ochoa won her first LPGA event of 2009. How many tournaments will she end up winning this year?

Hound Dog and The Constructivist are also blogging on Ochoa’s win.

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