This news is just stunning.
Lorena Ochoa, the worldâ€™s top-ranked womenâ€™s golfer, announced her retirement Tuesday.
Ochoa, 28, confirmed the news in a statement released by her management company, Ochoa Group. A news conference is scheduled for Friday in Mexico City.
â€œLorena Ochoa confirms her retirement from the LPGA, as news reports in some media have said today,â€ her statement said. â€œThe reasons and more details on the matter will be given by Lorena personally in a press conference on Friday in Mexico City. Lorena will share this news of a new stage in her life with her sponsors, family members and friends.â€
She has 27 career titles, including two majors (2007 Womenâ€™s British Open, 2008 Kraft Nabisco Championship) and has $14.2 million in career earnings.
Ochoa married Andres Conesa, the director general of Aeromexico airline, one of her sponsors, last year.
A Mexican newspaper, citing an unidentified source, says Ochoa could come back later. That isnâ€™t consistent with the word â€˜retirementâ€™ used in her statement. I guess we have to wait till Fridayâ€™s press conference to know what Lorena means.
Ochoaâ€™s retirement is a stunner because of its timing. She needs to play the LPGA till 2012 to be eligible for the Hall of Fame. Her points total already qualifies her, but a player must play the tour for 10 years also and Ochoa was a rookie in 2003.
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Ochoa has always come off as a class act. Former #1 Annika Sorenstam frequently came off as arrogant to me, and Ochoa never did. I did have the pleasure of blogging Ochoaâ€™s win at the 2007 ADT Championship and was in press conferences with her.
While Ochoa won player of the year in 2009, it was by only one point. Her play was not anywhere near the level it was in 2007 and early 2008.
The current Rolex Rankings
1 Ochoa 9.25
2 Jiyai Shin 8.76
3 Yani Tseng 8.67
4 Suzann Pettersen 8.38
5 Ai Miyazato 8.12
1st to 5th place is only separated by 1.12 points. In a few weeks an Asian born golfer is going to rise to #1 player in the world.
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