Ochoa Leads Corona Championship

26-year-old on verge of qualifying for Hall of Fame
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 12, 2008 7:09 PM CDT
Lorena Ochoa, of Mexico, tees off on the 7th hole during the third round of the LPGA Corona Morelia Championship at the Tres Marias Residential Golf Club, in Morelia, Mexico, today.    (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
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(Newser) – Lorena Ochoa closed in on the last point she needs to qualify for the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame, shooting her third straight 7-under 66 today to take a five-stroke lead in the Corona Championship. If Ochoa wins, the 26-year-old Mexican star will become the youngest player to qualify for the Hall of Fame. Se Ri Pak was 26 years and a few months older when she qualified.

The LPGA Tour awards one point for every victory and major award and two points for a major victory. Ochoa still must play 10 years on the LPGA Tour before she becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame, a goal she would reach in the 2012 season. Ochoa also is in position for her third straight victory and fourth in five starts this season.