Date: April 27, 2009
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LPGA – OCHOA DEFENDS AT CORONA IN MEXICO

(27 April 2009 – Morelia, Mexico)

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World No.1 Lorena Ochoa defended the Corona Championship she won last year with a one shot victory over Norway&aposs World No.5 Suzann Pettersen at the Tres Marias Residential Golf Club in Morelia, Mexico. The win was the 26th of the Mexican’s career and as the final putt dropped, thousands of adoring fans rose and began chanting her name. South Korea&aposs Na Yeon Choi finished in outright third, seven shots behind Ochoa.
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rnOchoa’s victory at this tournament in 2008 was by the comfortable margin of 11-shots. This year, she finished on the same score, 25-under par, but had to hold off Pettersen all the way, for victory by the most slender of margins. Both players shot final rounds of 5-under par 68, with neither of them getting any further than two shots in front of the other.
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rnBy the time Pettersen birdied the 12th hole, things were back on level terms and it was a shootout for the title over the last six holes. Both players made pars at the next two holes before Ochoa took the ascendency with back-to-back birdies at the 15th and 16th. Pettersen couldn’t make up the deficit and Ochoa claimed her second title of the season after also winning in Thailand. Afterwards she said, “This is a very important victory for me. Suzann has been a great contender here this week. I want to thank everybody for the victory, which was very hard to obtain, in a very tight match.”
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rnPettersen would feel a little aggrieved considering she made only one bogey in the entire tournament and that was on her fourth hole on the first day. Commenting on this she said, “I am 24-under par with just one bogey. Not bad, but it’s not good enough.” Tough school!
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rnKarrie Webb was the highest placed finisher among the ALPG Members who competed, finishing in a tie for 14th at 10-under par total 282. Katherine Hull was next best in a tie for 32nd, with Wendy Doolan tied for 47th while Sarah Kemp finished tied 53rd.
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rnThe LPGA has another week off this week and play will continue from 7 May 2009 with the US$2.2million Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill, in Virginia.

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Photo by Anthony Powter – Karrie Webb